Restaurant Brings Approximately 100 Full- and Part-Time Jobs to Community, Honors 100 Local Heroes With Free Chick-fil-A Meals for a Year

MCALESTER, Okla. (Oct. 10, 2022) – A new Chick-fil-A® restaurant will begin serving the McAlester community on Thursday, Oct. 13. Chick-fil-A, Inc. has selected Ron Buckley as the independent franchised Owner/Operator of Chick-fil-A McAlester.
Located at 1209 Tanglewood Drive, Chick-fil-A McAlester will be open for dine-in, drive-thru and carry-out from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Guests of Chick-fil-A McAlester can place an order for pickup, dine-in or drive-thru on the Chick-fil-A® App or online. When joining the Chick-fil-A One® tiered membership program, guests receive points on every qualifying purchase which can be used to redeem available rewards. Visit to view delivery options in your area.

The Chick-fil-A McAlester restaurant joins 12 other Chick-fil-A restaurants serving the wider Tulsa market.

Locally Owned and Operated

As full-time, hands-on leaders in their restaurants and communities, Chick-fil-A Owner/Operators proudly reside in the areas in which they serve.

In McAlester, Buckley will be responsible for all day-to-day activities of the business, including employing approximately 100 full- and part-time Team Members, serving guests and cultivating relationships with local organizations and businesses.

A retired U.S. Air Force Brigadier General, Buckley served for 28 years as a fighter pilot, ran the Air Force’s Senate Liaison Office on Capitol Hill and served as a senior military aide to the vice president at the White House. Originally from Elk City, Okla., Buckley moved across the U.S. with the military. Now, he is excited to settle as a McAlester resident with his family in this new chapter as a Chick-fil-A Operator. As a dedicated philanthropist, Buckley looks forward to setting an example for his Team Members of achieving success in a small town and creating an impact on his local community.

"Chick-fil-A has always been a constant in our lives – no matter where the military moved our family, we always sought the comfort and familiarity of its delicious chicken and signature service,” said Buckley. “I learned the importance of drive, dedication and loyalty throughout my military career, so I look forward to being a mentor in the community and instilling these values in McAlester’s youth. I dream of motivating my Team Members in the way my superiors guided me – I want to help them achieve their goals and realize their endless possibilities, both at Chick-fil-A and beyond.”

Caring for the McAlester Community

In honor of the opening, Chick-fil-A, Inc. will donate $25,000 to Feeding America on behalf of the new restaurant. These funds will be distributed to partners in Oklahoma to aid in the fight against hunger. Chick-fil-A McAlester is also recognizing 100 local heroes making an impact in the community by providing them with free Chick-fil-A meals for a year.

Team Member Investment

Chick-fil-A Operators are committed to hiring, developing and retaining top talent and providing a positive work environment for people of all ages and backgrounds. Team Members have 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.

Delicious Food; Outstanding Customer Service

Chick-fil-A is known for serving customers great-tasting food made with high-quality ingredients, including the original Chick-fil-A® Chicken Sandwich. Made with a real, whole, boneless breast of chicken with no added fillers, the breaded chicken is pressure cooked in fully-refined peanut oil. Chick-fil-A was one of the first in the industry to eliminate chicken raised with antibiotics to ensure guests have an option for high-quality food on the go.

To complement the great-tasting chicken, fresh produce is delivered to Chick-fil-A restaurants up to six times a week for the best quality and flavor. The fresh ingredients are raised and grown by farmers who share the company's elevated quality and safety standards, so guests feel good about their meal.

For the latest news and updates on Chick-fil-A McAlester, visit the local restaurant’s Facebook page. For more information about Chick-fil-A and stories about the Brand’s food, people and customers across the country, visit

About Chick-fil-A, Inc. 

Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. is a restaurant company known for the Original Chick-fil-A® Chicken Sandwich and signature hospitality. Represented by more than 170,000 Team Members, Operators and Staff, Chick-fil-A® restaurants serve guests freshly prepared food at more than 2,700 restaurants in 48 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Canada. The family-owned and privately held restaurant company was founded in 1967 by S. Truett Cathy and is committed to serving the local communities in which its franchised restaurants operate.  

Known for its leadership and growth opportunities, in 2022 Chick-fil-A was named a Best Employer in America by Forbes and a top company for career opportunities for Black employees by Glassdoor. The company was also awarded the Employee’s Choice by Glassdoor honoring top CEOs and was named a Culture 500 Culture Champion in 2020. A leader in customer service, Chick-fil-A was named QSR magazine’s Drive-Thru Restaurant of the Year in 2021. More information on Chick-fil-A is available at and @ChickfilANews.

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