Restaurant Brings Approximately 120 Full- and Part-Time Jobs to Community, Honors 100 Local Heroes with Free Chick-fil-A Meals for a Year

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (OCT. 24, 2022) – The first Chick-fil-A® restaurant in North Country New York will open in Watertown on Thursday, Oct. 27. Chick-fil-A, Inc. has selected Merrit Brady as the independent franchised Owner/Operator of Chick-fil-A Watertown.

Located at 1290 Arsenal St., Chick-fil-A Watertown will be open for dine-in, drive-thru and carry-out from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Guests of Chick-fil-A Watertown can place an order for pickup or dine-in 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.

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 Watertown, Brady will be responsible for all day-to-day activities of the business, including employing approximately 120 full- and part-time Team Members, serving guests and cultivating relationships with local organizations and businesses.

After graduating from Johnson and Wales University in Charleston, S.C. with a Culinary Arts degree, Brady worked as an Executive Sous Chef at a local restaurant in Charleston before owning a catering company for 16 years alongside his wife, Catherine. Brady comes from a family of Chick-fil-A enthusiasts, including his uncle who currently serves as an Owner/Operator in Danville, Va. Attracted to the brand’s values, culture and culinary approach, Brady applied to become an Operator and gained hands-on experience by serving on the leadership team at Chick-fil-A Ashley Crossing in Charleston. Brady holds the North Country area near and dear to his heart, as he and his wife would travel to the area frequently while starting their family. Falling in love with the community-driven area, Brady now proudly calls Watertown home, and he looks forward to making Chick-fil-A Watertown a regular road-trip stop for other families, as it always was for him.

“It’s my greatest pleasure to introduce Chick-fil-A’s great-tasting food and signature hospitality to the North Country New York area,” said Brady. “My goal at Chick-fil-A Watertown is to become the area’s most caring company, so I look forward to positively impacting the community by building relationships with local schools and charitable organizations.”

Caring for the Watertown 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 the North Country New York area to aid in the fight against hunger. Chick-fil-A Watertown is recognizing 100 local heroes making an impact in the Watertown area by providing them with free Chick-fil-A meals for a year.

Brady’s restaurant will be participating in the Chick-fil-A Shared Table™ Program, an initiative that redirects surplus food from the restaurant to local soup kitchens, shelters, food banks and nonprofits in need.

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 Watertown visit the local restaurant’s Facebook page and follow along on Instagram. 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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