Restaurant to Bring Approximately 150 Full- and Part-Time Jobs to Community

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (July 12, 2021) – A new Chick-fil-A® restaurant is slated to open for business in Memphis on Thursday, July 15. Chick-fil-AÒ, Inc. has selected Matthew Pruitt as the independent franchised Owner/Operator of Chick-fil-A Summer Ave. Pruitt will be responsible for all day-to-day activities of the business, including employing approximately 150 full- and part-time Team Members, cultivating relationships with local organizations and neighboring businesses, and serving guests. Chick-fil-A Summer Ave is located at 4649 Summer Ave, near the intersection of Summer Ave and Stratford Rd, and will be open from 6 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 Summer Ave will open for full dine-in service, drive-thru and carry out. 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 Summer Ave will be surprising 100 local heroes making an impact in Memphis 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 Memphis area to aid in the fight against hunger.

Locally Owned and Operated

Chick-fil-A Summer Ave is locally owned and operated by Memphis resident Matthew Pruitt. Pruitt left his engineering career to become a Chick-fil-A Team Member in 2014. Through this position, he was able to deepen his business and leadership skills at Chick-fil-A’s Leadership Development Program, which helped prepare him for a career in organizational leadership. Through hard work and determination, Pruitt became of the Operator of Chick-fil-A Millington in 2017. Pruitt has now been selected to open Chick-fil-A Summer Ave in the community where his family resides today.

"I am honored to have the opportunity to provide a positive working environment and an excellent dining experience for our neighbors,” said Pruitt. “When I began my journey as a Team Member, I was able to experience firsthand the positive impact our restaurant can provide daily. I look forward to continue making a positive impact and partner with local organizations, schools and non-profits to give back to our community, starting right here in Berclair.”

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 Summer Ave, visit the Chick-fil-A Summer Ave 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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