Restaurant to Bring Approximately 90 Full- and Part-Time Jobs to Community

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Chick-fil-A Announces New Arden Restaurant to Open on Nov. 12

Restaurant to Bring Approximately 90 Full- and Part-Time Jobs to Community


ARDEN, N.C. (Nov. 9, 2021) – A new Chick-fil-A restaurant is slated to open for business in Arden on Friday, Nov. 12. Chick-fil-A, Inc. has selected Bryan Strole as the independent franchised Owner/Operator of Chick-fil-A Airport Road. Strole will be responsible for all day-to-day activities of the business, including employing approximately 90 full- and part-time Team Members, cultivating relationships with local organizations and neighboring businesses, and serving guests. Chick-fil-A Airport Road is located at 130 Airport Road, near the intersection of Airport Road and Watson Road, and will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Chick-fil-A remains committed to serving guests safely. Chick-fil-A Airport Road will open for drive-thru, mobile ordering, dine-in and carry-out service, with third-party delivery available shortly after the opening. Guests can take advantage of contactless ordering and payment through the free Chick-fil-A mobile app or online ordering. To learn more about Chick-fil-A’s safety protocols, please visit the COVID-19 response page.

In place of the traditional Chick-fil-A First 100® Grand Opening celebration, Chick-fil-A Airport Road will be surprising 100 local heroes making an impact in the Arden area with free Chick-fil-A for a year. Additionally, in honor of the new restaurant opening, Chick-fil-A will donate $25,000 to Feeding America. The funds will be distributed to partners within the greater Asheville area to aid in the fight against hunger.

Locally Owned and Operated

Chick-fil-A Airport Road is locally owned and operated by North Carolina native Bryan Strole. His Chick-fil-A journey started in high school as a Team Member at Chick-fil-A Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh, North Carolina. A family affair, his dad managed another nearby Chick-fil-A restaurant in Raleigh, eventually becoming an Operator himself, and they often shared stories and talked business—a period of time which Strole says is still the highlight of his career to this day. After high school, Strole served in the U.S. Air Force for six years, then went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Wayland Baptist University in 2011 and a master of business administration from Liberty University in 2015. Influenced by his dad’s passion for the business, Strole set his sights on a career at Chick-fil-A and applied to become an Operator. In 2016, Strole was thrilled to be selected as the Operator of Chick-fil-A Asheville Mall, where he served the Asheville community for five years. With more than 10 years of Chick-fil-A experience, Strole is excited to serve in a new role as the local Operator of Chick-fil-A Airport Road. Alongside his wife, Lacey, and their daughter, Strole looks forward to bringing a new Chick-fil-A restaurant to the Arden community and serving his neighbors and guests with great food and genuine hospitality.

“As an Operator, my primary goal is to have a positive influence on my Team Members and help them become the best versions of themselves,” said Strole. “My hope is for Chick-fil-A Airport Road to become a place where every person who enters our doors is cared for.”

Team Member Investment

Chick-fil-A franchised Operators are committed to hiring, developing and retaining top talent, and providing a positive work environment for people of all ages and backgrounds. They also offer their Team Members opportunities for flexible work hours and leadership growth, competitive pay and benefits, hands-on training and mentoring, and the chance to apply for scholarships to support their continuing education.

Quality Ingredients; Delicious Food

Chick-fil-A focuses on serving customers great-tasting food made with high-quality ingredients. The produce used in recipes is delivered to kitchens up to six times a week. Salads are made with whole fruits and vegetables that are chopped and prepared fresh throughout the day. Chick-fil-A Lemonade is made from three simple ingredients: lemon juice, sugar and water.

Breaded chicken is pressure cooked in 100%, fully refined peanut oil and all U.S. Chick-fil-A restaurants serve chicken raised with No Antibiotics Ever, starting from the egg. By not allowing antibiotics of any kind, Chick-fil-A chicken meets the highest commitment for non-antibiotic use. For more information about the Chick-fil-A No Antibiotics Ever commitment, visit

Commitment to Customer Service

With a longstanding tradition in the restaurant industry for setting high standards in customer service, Chick-fil-A earned recognition for providing the "best fast food customer service in America" according to America's Best Customer Service 2020 report by Newsweek, among other honors.

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About Chick-fil-A, Inc.

Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. is a family owned and privately held restaurant company founded in 1967 by S. Truett Cathy. Devoted to serving the local communities in which its franchised restaurants operate, and known for its original chicken sandwich, Chick-fil-A serves freshly prepared food in more than 2,600 restaurants in 47 states, Washington, D.C., and Canada.

A leader in customer service satisfaction, Chick-fil-A was named top fast food restaurant in Newsweek’s 2019 America’s Best Customer Service report and received several honors in QSR’s 2019 Reader’s Choice Awards, including “The Most Respected Quick-Service Brand” and “Best Brand for Overall Experience”. Additionally, Glassdoor named Chick-fil-A one of the top 100 best places to work in 2020. More information on Chick-fil-A is available at