Restaurant to Bring Approximately 60 Full- and Part-Time Jobs to Community

VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. (Nov. 16, 2021) – A new Chick-fil-A® restaurant is slated to open for business in Cahaba Heights on Thursday, Nov. 18. Chick-fil-A, Inc. has selected Jerry Cotney as the independent franchised Owner/Operator of Chick-fil-A Cahaba Heights. Cotney will be responsible for all day-to-day activities of the business, including employing approximately 60 full- and part-time Team Members, cultivating relationships with local organizations and neighboring businesses, and serving guests. Chick-fil-A Cahaba Heights is located at 3949 Crosshaven Drive, near the intersection of Crosshaven Drive and Green Valley Road, and will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Chick-fil-A remains committed to serving guests safely. Chick-fil-A Cahaba Heights will open with drive-thru only. Guests can take advantage of contactless ordering and payment through the free Chick-fil-A® App or online ordering. To learn more about Chick-fil-A’s safety protocols, please visit the COVID-19 responsepage.

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

Locally Owned and Operated

Chick-fil-A Cahaba Heights is locally owned and operated by Jerry Cotney. An Alabama native, Cotney grew up in Roanoke, Ala., and earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Birmingham Southern College. After graduating, Cotney worked in the nonprofit and corporate real estate industries, where he developed his business and leadership skills. Seeking to make a career shift, in 2010 Cotney applied to become a restaurant Team Member with the dream of one day owning and operating a Chick-fil-A restaurant. He spent the next several years learning the ins and outs of the Chick-fil-A business in the restaurant setting and at Chick-fil-A’s headquarters in Atlanta, Ga. In 2016, Cotney’s dream became a reality when he was selected to become the local Operator of Chick-fil-A Brookwood Village Mall and eventually Chick-fil-A Samford University. After five years of serving the Birmingham community, Cotney looks forward to making a positive impact on the community as the Operator of Chick-fil-A Cahaba Heights, while continuing to operate the location at Samford University.

“I am humbled by the opportunity to continue my service to the community through Chick-fil-A Cahaba Heights,” said Cotney. “With the opening of this restaurant, I am excited to mentor my Team Members and build a team focused on caring for our guests, serving them great-tasting food with Chick-fil-A’s signature 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.

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.

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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