Restaurant to Bring Approximately 140 Full- and Part-Time Jobs to Community
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (Feb. 21, 2022) – A new Chick-fil-A® restaurant is slated to open for business in Battle Creek on Feb. 24. Chick-fil-A, Inc. has selected Tyler DeKoekkoek as the independent franchised Owner/Operator of Chick-fil-A Battle Creek. DeKoekkoek will be responsible for all day-to-day activities of the business, including employing approximately 140 full- and part-time Team Members, cultivating relationships with local organizations and neighboring businesses, and serving guests. Chick-fil-A Battle Creek is located at 6083 B Dr. N, and will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Chick-fil-A remains committed to serving guests safely. Chick-fil-A Battle Creek will open with dine-in, drive-thru and carry-out services. Guests can take advantage of contactless ordering and payment through the free Chick-fil-A® App or through 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 Battle Creek will be surprising 100 local heroes making an impact in the community 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 Kalamazoo area to aid in the fight against hunger.
Locally Owned and Operated
Chick-fil-A Battle Creek is locally owned and operated by Tyler DeKoekkoek, who grew up just 25 mintues away, and even played against Battle Creek during high school sports. DeKoekkoek’s Chick-fil-A career started in Wheaton, Ill. in 2015, where he tried Chick-fil-A for the first time, and was offered a job the same day. Hired as the Catering Director for Chick-fil-A Wheaton, DeKoekkoek later became the Drive-Thru Director. He spent the past few years serving as Director of Operations at Chick-fil-A Grand Rapids South before being selected as Operator of Chick-fil-A Battle Creek, which he is excited to open alongside his wife, Sarah, and their three children.
“I’m humbled by the opportunity to open a restaurant in an area so close to where I grew up,” said DeKoekkoek. “I am eager to work closely with my Team Members and serve the Battle Creek community with great food and Chick-fil-A’s signature hospitality.
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 www.chick-fil-a.com/no-antibiotics-ever.
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.
For more information about Chick-fil-A and stories about the Brand’s food, people and customers across the country, visit chick-fil-a.com. For the latest news and updates on Chick-fil-A Battle Creek, visit the Battle Creek Facebook page.
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 Chick-fil-A® Chicken Sandwich, Chick-fil-A serves freshly prepared food in more than 2,700 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 www.chick-fil-a.com.