Restaurant to Bring Approximately 120 Full- and Part-Time Jobs to Community

Hammond, La. (Feb. 7, 2022) – A new Chick-fil-A® restaurant is slated to open for business in Hammond on Feb 9, 2022. Chick-fil-A, Inc. has selected Joe Pumilia as the independent franchised Owner/Operator of Chick-fil-A West Hammond. Joe Pumilia will be responsible for all day-to-day activities of the business, including employing approximately 120 full- and part-time Team Members, cultivating relationships with local organizations and neighboring businesses, and serving guests. Chick-fil-A West Hammond is located at 3031 Highway 190 W., near the intersection of Highway 190 W. and I-55, 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 West Hammond will open for drive-thru, mobile ordering, dine-in 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 West Hammond will be surprising 100 local heroes making an impact in Hammond 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 Baton Rouge area to aid in the fight against hunger.

Locally Owned and Operated
Chick-fil-A West Hammond is locally owned and operated by Joe Pumilia, a New Orleans native, who currently resides in Hammond. This is Pumilia’s second Chick-fil-A restaurant, and he will continue to operate Chick-fil-A Hammond, just three miles away from his new location. Pumilia’s Chick-fil-A career started in 2001, where he served as a Team Member for a Chick-fil-A at Oakwood Center and at Hammond Square Mall, before heading to college at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn. During college, Pumilia worked at Chick-fil-A Brentwood in Nashville, and after graduation, he worked as a Grand Opening Supervisor for two years before becoming an Operator. Alongside his wife, RoseAnn, who is in charge of planning leadership team culture events for the restaurants, and their three children, Jennie, Joseph, and Michael, Pumilia is excited to bring a new Chick-fil-A restaurant to the Hammond area.

”I hope to create an environment that encourages and challenges Team Members to be the best versions of themselves,” said Pumilia. “I look forward to working with each Team Member and ensuring they feel known and cared for while working at my restaurant.”

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

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 West Hammond, visit the Chick-fil-A West Hammond 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

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