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

KILGORE, Texas (June 7, 2021) – A new Chick-fil-A restaurant is slated to open for business in Kilgore on Wednesday, June 9. Chick-fil-A®, Inc. has selected Darryl Autry as the independent franchised Owner/Operator of Chick-fil-A Kilgore. Autry 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 Kilgore is located at 910 N. Kilgore St., near the intersection of Powderhorn Road and North Kilgore Street, and will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Chick-fil-A remains committed to serving guests safely. To limit contact between Team Members and guests, Chick-fil-A Kilgore will open for limited dine-in, carry-out and mobile curbside service, with third-party delivery available shortly after the opening. 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 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 Kilgore will be surprising 100 local heroes making an impact in Kilgore 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 Kilgore area to aid in the fight against hunger.

Locally Owned and Operated
Chick-fil-A Kilgore is locally owned and operated by Darryl Autry who began his career with Chick-fil-A as a restaurant Team Member while pursuing his bachelor’s degree at Macon State University in Georgia. As part of the Interim Manager Program, Autry moved to Ohio to work at Chick-fil-A Southpark Mall in Cleveland and Chick-fil-A Towne Mall in Middletown. After nearly a year in Ohio, Autry returned home to Georgia to fulfill his dream of becoming an Operator where he served as the Operator of Chick-fil-A Northlake Mall in Atlanta for seven years before moving to Columbus to lead the team at Chick-fil-A Peachtree Mall. Now, Autry is excited to move to Texas and start his next chapter with Chick-fil-A as the Operator of Chick-fil-A Kilgore.

“My family and I are excited to call Kilgore our new home and welcome our Team Members and guests to this new restaurant,” said Autry. “We look forward to serving our neighbors great-tasting food with genuine hospitality and making a positive impact in this community.”

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 Kilgore, visit the Chick-fil-A Kilgore 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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