ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (March 18, 2021) – Chick-fil-A SR 16 & Inman Road, located near the intersection of Charles Usinas Memorial Highway and Inman Road, is slated to open for business on Tuesday, March 23. Chick-fil-A, Inc. has selected Wayne Efford as the independent franchised Owner/Operator of this new Chick-fil-A® restaurant in St. Augustine. Efford will be responsible for all day-to-day activities of the business, including employing approximately 140 full- and part-time Team Members, cultivating relationships with local organizations and neighboring businesses, and serving guests. Chick-fil-A SR 16 & Inman Road is located at 2244 State Road 16, and will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

At Chick-fil-A, safe service is our first priority. Chick-fil-A SR 16 & Inman Road 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 free Chick-fil-A mobile app or through online ordering. To learn more about Chick-fil-A’s response to the coronavirus, please visit our safe service page.

In place of the traditional Chick-fil-A First 100® Grand Opening celebration, Chick-fil-A St. Augustine will be surprising 100 local heroes making an impact in St. Augustine 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 St. Augustine area to aid in the fight against hunger.

Locally Owned and Operated

Chick-fil-A SR 16 & Inman Road is locally owned and operated by veteran Wayne Efford, who has served the greater St. Johns County area since 2002 as the franchised Operator of Chick-fil-A St. Augustine. In addition to operating Chick-fil-A SR 16 & Inman Road, Efford will continue serving the community as the Operator of Chick-fil-A St. Augustine.

Upon Efford’s first experience at a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Jacksonville, Fla., he was immediately inspired by the restaurant’s great-tasting food and genuine hospitality and embarked on what is now a 19-year career with Chick-fil-A. After being selected to become the Operator of his first Chick-fil-A restaurant, Efford relocated to St. Augustine with his wife, a fellow military veteran, and their two daughters. Since then, Chick-fil-A has become an integral part of Efford’s family, with his brother and niece serving as Chick-fil-A Operators, and Efford’s daughter working at Chick-fil-A’s corporate headquarters in Atlanta.

Prior to his journey with Chick-fil-A, Efford graduated from the University of Baltimore with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and worked as a certified public accountant and is a retired military officer. With his extensive background in finance and leadership, Efford is excited to continue his career with Chick-fil-A and make a positive impact on the St. Augustine community through both restaurants.

“For almost 20 years, I’ve had the opportunity to create a welcoming environment for our Team Members and guests through my restaurant,” said Efford. “With the opening of Chick-fil-A SR 16 & Inman Road, I look forward to continuing those relationships in the St. Augustine community and making a positive impact on everyone who dines with us.”

Team Member Investment

Chick-fil-A franchised Operators are committed to 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. The produce we use in our recipes is delivered to our kitchens up to six times a week. Our 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. 

Our 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 SR 16 & Inman Road, visit the Chick-fil-A SR 16 & Inman Road 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