Restaurant to Bring Approximately 90 Full- and Part-Time Jobs to Community

HELENA, Ala. (April 5, 2021) – A new Chick-fil-A restaurant is slated to open for business in Helena on Thursday, April 8. Chick-fil-A®, Inc. has selected Brad Nichols as the independent franchised Owner/ Operator of Chick-fil-A Helena. Nichols will be responsible for all day-to-day activities of the business, including employing approximately 90 full- and part-time Team Members, cultivating relationships with local organizations and neighboring businesses, and serving guests. Chick-fil-A Helena is located at 2432 Helena Road at the intersection of Helena Road and U.S. Highway 17, and will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
At Chick-fil-A, safe service is a top priority. To ensure social distancing and limit contact between Team Members and guests, Chick-fil-A Helena will open for drive-thru, carryout and limited dine-in service. Guests can take advantage of contactless ordering and payment through the free Chick-fil-A mobile app or through online ordering. To learn more about Chick-fil-A’s response to COVID-19, please visit our safe service page.
In place of the traditional Chick-fil-A First 100® Grand Opening celebration, Chick-fil-A Helena will be surprising 100 local heroes making an impact in Helena 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 Birmingham area to aid in the fight against hunger.

Locally Owned and Operated

Birmingham native Brad Nichols was first introduced to Chick-fil-A at eight years old when his father became the franchised Operator for Chick-fil-A Century Plaza Mall and Chick-fil-A Eastwood Mall. Inspired by his father’s experience caring for guests and mentoring his Team Members, Nichols began working for Chick-fil-A Trussville in high school. After graduation, he accepted a management role at 1-800-Got-Junk, a franchised residential and commercial junk removal company. Nichols he gained valuable leadership skills and business acumen while serving the Helena/Pelham/Alabaster areas. He then transitioned back to working for Chick-fil-A Trussville near the end of college while earning his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Samford University. In 2012, Nichols was selected to become the Operator of Chick-fil-A Esplanade Mall in Kenner, La. and then went on to become the Operator of Chick-fil-A Chambers Town Center in Baytown, Tex. After serving those communities for nearly 10 years, he is excited to be back home to build new relationships with Team Members and guests as the Operator of Chick-fil-A Helena.
Nichols and his wife Holly met in high school at Briarwood Christian School and currently live in the greater Birmingham area with their two children, Walker and Taylor. He enjoys golfing, fishing, traveling and spending quality time with his family in his free time.
“My family and I are excited to return to our hometown and serve our community with the opening of Chick-fil-A Helena,” said Nichols. “Chick-fil-A has played an integral role in shaping me into the person I am today, and I look forward to extending that same positive impact to the Helena community and creating a welcoming environment for our Team Members and guests.”

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 we use in our recipes is delivered to our kitchens up to six times a week. Our 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.
Our 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 Helena, visit the Chick-fil-A Helena Facebook page and website.

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