Restaurant to Bring Approximately 80 Full- and Part-Time Jobs to Community

BEDFORD, Texas (Dec. 13, 2021) – A new Chick-fil-A® restaurant is slated to open for business in Bedford on Tuesday, Dec. 14. Chick-fil-A, Inc. has selected Vanessa Bales as the independent franchised Owner/Operator of Chick-fil-A Hwy 183 & Central. Bales will be responsible for all day-to-day activities of the business, including employing approximately 80 full- and part-time Team Members, cultivating relationships with local organizations and neighboring businesses, and serving guests. Chick-fil-A Hwy 183 & Central is located at 1850 Central Drive, just off Hwy 183, 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 Hwy 183 & Central will open with drive-thru and carry-out service. 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 Hwy 183 & Central will be surprising 100 local heroes making an impact in Bedford 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 Dallas/Fort Worth area to aid in the fight against hunger.

Locally Owned and Operated
Chick-fil-A Hwy 183 & Central is locally owned and operated by Vanessa Bales. A Georgia native turned proud Texan, Bales began her career with Chick-fil-A at 15 years old. She was looking for a flexible job opportunity that would help her earn money while in high school, but what started as a part-time job turned into a career, due to her passion for the restaurant’s lively atmosphere and the growth opportunities the company offered.

After graduating college, Bales set her sights on becoming a Chick-fil-A Franchise Operator. Years later, her dream was realized when she was selected as the Franchise Operator of Chick-fil-A Belt Line Road in Irving. Following six successful years serving as a Chick-fil-A Operator in Irving, Bales relocated to Fort Worth to open Chick-fil-A Centreport, which she has owned/operated since 2017.

Now, Bales looks forward to extending her impact on the community, operating both Chick-fil-A Centreport and Chick-fil-A Hwy 183 & Central.

“I have loved every day of serving this community for nearly five years, and I’m excited to continue serving my neighbors through Chick-fil-A Hwy 183 & Central as well as Chick-fil-A Centreport,” said Bales. “We’re incredibly grateful for the support we’ve received from Bedford, and look forward to continue making a positive impact on our guests and Team Members.”

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 now 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.

For more information about Chick-fil-A and stories about the Brand’s food, people and customers across the country, visit For the latest news and updates on Chick-fil-A Hwy 183 & Central, visit the Chick-fil-A Hwy 183 & Central Facebook page and follow along on Instagram.

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

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