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

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Sept. 20, 2021) – A new Chick-fil-A® restaurant is slated to open for business in Sioux Falls on Thursday, Sept. 23. Chick-fil-A, Inc. has selected Jeremiah Heiser as the independent franchised Owner/Operator of Chick-fil-A Empire Place. Heiser 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 Empire Place is located at 4005 W. 41st St., at the intersection of 41st St. and Empire Place in front of The Empire Mall, and will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Chick-fil-A remains committed to serving guests safely. 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 place of the traditional Chick-fil-A First 100® Grand Opening celebration, Chick-fil-A Empire Place will be surprising 100 local heroes making an impact in Sioux Falls 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 Sioux Falls area to aid in the fight against hunger.

Locally Owned and Operated
Heiser had his first taste of Chick-fil-A while enrolled at Oral Roberts University in 2005 after a company executive spoke to students and provided free lunch. Between the presentation and the Chick-fil-A® Nuggets, the company piqued this Wyoming native’s interest. After serving as an Assistant Pastor for several years, Heiser began working for Chick-fil-A in 2014 as a Shift Leader at Chick-fil-A Belleview Shores in Littleton, Colorado and later became the Director of Operations. Through proven leadership, he became the Operator of Chick-fil-A Town Center at Aurora in Aurora, Colorado in July 2018 and served there until June 2021. Heiser, his wife and two children have relocated to the area and are happy to call Sioux Falls their new home.
“I am looking forward to being actively involved in the community and being the first stand-alone Chick-fil-A restaurant in South Dakota,” said Heiser. “I cannot wait for Sioux Falls to experience our signature food and hospitality.”

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. All interested applicants can apply online here.

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 Empire Place, visit the Chick-fil-A Empire Place Facebook page.

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