Restaurant to Bring Approximately 100 Full- and Part-Time Jobs to Community

JOLIET, Ill. (Jan. 11, 2021) – Chick-fil-A® Joliet, located in Joliet Commons, is slated to open for business on Jan. 14. Chick-fil-A, Inc. has selected Kris Yoder as the independent franchised Owner and Operator of the new Chick-fil-A restaurant in Joliet. Yoder will oversee the day-to-day activities of the business, employing approximately 100 full- and part-time Team Members, cultivating relationships with local organizations and neighboring businesses and serving Guests. Chick-fil-A Joliet is located at S. 2705 Plainfield Rd. and will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

At Chick-fil-A, safe service is our first priority. New Chick-fil-A restaurants will take additional time to review operations and make sure appropriate precautions are in place before opening their dining rooms, to ensure the safety of Guests and Team Members. Currently, Chick-fil-A Joliet will open for drive-thru and mobile curbside service, with third-party delivery available shortly after the opening. Guests can take advantage of contactless ordering and payment through the Chick-fil-A mobile app. To learn more about Chick-fil-A’s response to the coronavirus, please visit

In place of the traditional Chick-fil-A First 100® Grand Opening celebration, Chick-fil-A Joliet will be surprising 100 local heroes making an impact in Joliet. Additionally, the Chick-fil-A Foundation has partnered with Feeding America to donate $25,000 to a local food bank for every new restaurant opening. To aid in the fight against hunger, this donation will go towards organizations in the Chicago area that are doing good work to care for others.

Locally Owned and Operated

Chick-fil-A Joliet is locally-owned and operated by Kris Yoder, a native of Illinois who was raised in the Chicago suburbs. Growing up, Yoder’s family owned a local butcher shop, which ultimately drove his passion for high-quality food, later leaving the family business for the chicken business. Before starting his career with Chick-fil-A, Yoder attended Huntington University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Youth Ministry. Following graduation, Yoder was looking for ways to make a positive impact in his community and started his career with Chick-fil-A as a Restaurant Team Member.

After serving the community as a Chick-fil-A Wheaton Team Member for more than a year, Yoder was promoted to a Senior Director position within the Restaurant. Throughout his time at Chick-fil-A Wheaton, he was mentored by the Restaurant’s franchise and learned the ins and outs of the Chick-fil-A business. In 2017, Yoder began the Chick-fil-A Leadership Development Program, where he traveled the country developing his leadership skills and serving Chick-fil-A restaurants in varying capacities. Shortly following the program's completion, Yoder was selected to become the independent franchise owner of his first restaurant in Joliet. Alongside his wife, Abbey, Yoder is thrilled to bring Chick-fil-A to the Joliet community.

Team Member Investment

Chick-fil-A franchised Operators prioritize hiring, developing and retaining top talent, and providing a great 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. As with all Chick-fil-A restaurants, Team Members are guaranteed Sundays off.

Quality Ingredients; Delicious Food

Chick-fil-A focuses on serving customers great-tasting food made with high quality ingredients. Chick-fil-A Lemonade is made from three simple ingredients: lemon juice, sugar and water. 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 2019 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 Joliet, visit the Chick-fil-A Joliet 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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