Restaurant to Bring Approximately 150 Full- and Part-Time Jobs to Community
Chick-fil-A remains committed to serving guests safely. Chick-fil-A Kirkwood Highway will open for limited dine-in, carry-out, mobile ordering and drive-thru 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® App or 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 Kirkwood Highway will be surprising 100 local heroes making an impact in Wilmington 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 Wilmington area to aid in the fight against hunger.
Locally Owned and Operated
Chick-fil-A Kirkwood Highway is locally owned and operated by Kate Sweers. A native of Delaware, Sweers started her career with Chick-fil-A as a part-time Team Member at Chick-fil-A Rehoboth Beach during the summer before her senior year at Grove City College in Pennsylvania. After graduating, Sweers transitioned into a full-time role and continued to serve the Rehoboth Beach community at the restaurant. Inspired by the welcoming environment and the mentorship of her Operator, Sweers set her sights on becoming a Chick-fil-A Operator. After more than seven years of learning the ins and outs of the Chick-fil-A business in a variety of leadership roles, Sweers’ dream became a reality when she was selected to become the Operator of Chick-fil-A Kirkwood Highway this year. Alongside her husband, Marshall, who will be supporting the restaurant as the Director of Operations, Sweers is thrilled to serve the Wilmington community great-tasting food with Chick-fil-A’s signature hospitality.
“I am humbled to have the opportunity to create positive experiences for my Team Members and go the extra mile to serve our guests,” said Sweers. “I am proud to call Delaware my home, and I look forward to building new relationships in Wilmington and welcoming the community into our new restaurant.”
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 Kirkwood Highway, visit the Chick-fil-A Kirkwood Highway 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 www.chick-fil-a.com.