Restaurant to Bring Approximately 120 Full- and Part-Time Jobs to Community
LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 14, 2022) – A new Chick-fil-A® restaurant is slated to open for business in Lexington on March 17. Chick-fil-A, Inc. has selected Blake Dennard as the independent franchised Owner/Operator of Chick-fil-A Palomar. Dennard 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 Palomar is located at 4275 Harrodsburg Road, near the intersection of Old Higbee Mill Road and Harrodsburg Road. The dining room will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and the drive-thru from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Chick-fil-A remains committed to serving guests safely. Chick-fil-A Palomar will open for drive-thru, mobile ordering, dine-in and carry-out service, with third-party available shortly after the opening. 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 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 Lexington area to aid in the fight against hunger.
Locally Owned and Operated
Chick-fil-A has always been a family business for Blake Dennard, local Owner/Operator of Chick-fil-A Palomar. Dennard and his sister, who now works for Chick-fil-A as a Team Member, learned the importance of giving back to others from their father, a fellow Chick-fil-A Operator. Dennard followed in his father’s footsteps during his time at University of Kentucky as a Team Member and was selected for the Chick-fil-A Leadership Development Program after graduation. He served as the Operator of Chick-fil-A Somerset Collection in Michigan for five years, and met his wife during that time at a summit for Chick-fil-A Operators. Today, Dennard looks forward to returning to Kentucky and serving the Lexington community.
“As a Chick-fil-A Operator, I’m honored to have the unique opportunity to truly engrain myself within the community,” said Dennard. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to be back in Lexington and give back to my new Team Members and our guests.”
Designed for the Community
Chick-fil-A Palomar will offer a dynamic dining experience with seating for 90 guests. The restaurant will also utilize an innovative, multi-lane drive-thru with one lane dedicated to serving guests who use the Chick-fil-A® App to order ahead and the other for traditional ordering.
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 www.chick-fil-a.com/no-antibiotics-ever.
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 chick-fil-a.com. For the latest news and updates on Chick-fil-A Palomar, visit the Chick-fil-A Palomar 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 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 www.chick-fil-a.com.