Restaurant Brings Approximately 115 Full- and Part-Time Jobs to Community, Honors 100 Local Heroes with Free Chick-fil-A Meals for a Year

GASTONIA, N.C. (June 28, 2022) – A new Chick-fil-A® restaurant will begin serving the Gastonia community on Thursday, June 30. Chick-fil-A, Inc. has selected Nolan Hatley as the independent franchised Owner/Operator of Chick-fil-A Cox Rd.

Located at 424 Cox Rd, down the street from the recently closed Chick-fil-A Franklin Square location, Chick-fil-A Cox Rd will be open for dine-in, drive-thru and carry-out from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Guests of Chick-fil-A Cox Rd can place an order for pickup, dine-in or delivery 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 Cox Rd restaurant joins more than 65 other Chick-fil-A restaurants serving the wider Charlotte market.

Locally Owned and Operated

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

In Gastonia, Hatley will be responsible for all day-to-day activities of the business, including employing approximately 115 full- and part-time Team Members, serving guests and cultivating relationships with local organizations and businesses.

Chick-fil-A has been a part of Hatley’s life for as long as he can remember. After eating at Chick-fil-A restaurants throughout his childhood, Hatley decided to become a Team Member at the age of 14 at Chick-fil-A Concord Mills in Concord, N.C. There, he learned the ins and outs of the business and even received a scholarship from Chick-fil-A in 2006 to attend the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Hatley graduated in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in business and soon became the Operator of Chick-fil-A Quaker Bridge Mall in 2010. He is excited to open up Chick-fil-A Cox Rd’s doors and relocate his wife Gillian and their 3-year-old son Riley to the Gastonia community.

“I want my restaurant to be a place where people feel cared for,” said Hatley. “I look forward to connecting and building relationships with my Team Members and guests throughout the community.”

Caring for the Gastonia Community

In honor of the opening, Chick-fil-A Cox Rd is recognizing 100 local heroes making an impact in the Gastonia area by providing them with free Chick-fil-A meals for a year.

Hatley’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 Cox Rd 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 47 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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