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Who we are

“We should be about more than just selling chicken. We should be a part of our customers’ lives and the communities in which we serve.”

S. Truett Cathy 1921—2014

Our founder, Truett Cathy, made the decision to close on Sundays in 1946 when he opened his first restaurant in Hapeville, Georgia. Having worked seven days a week in restaurants open 24 hours, Truett saw the importance of closing on Sundays so that he and his employees could set aside one day to rest and worship if they choose — a practice we uphold today.

Most Chick-fil-A® restaurants operate between the hours of 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with breakfast served from 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and lunch and dinner served from 10:30 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Some hours may vary by location so check with your local Chick-fil-A restaurant.

The Cows

In 1995, a renegade cow, paintbrush in mouth, painted the three words "EAT MOR CHIKIN" on a Texas billboard. From that day forward, the burger-eating landscape was forever changed. These fearless cows, acting in enlightened self-interest, realized that when people eat chicken, they don't eat beef. Today, the cows' herds have increased and their message reaches millions - through television, radio, online, and on the occasional water tower. Needless to say, we fully endorse and appreciate the monumental efforts made by our most beloved bovine friends.


At the heart of Atlanta

Developing a positive legacy in our own backyard

We're proud of our Georgia heritage, and more specifically that we call Atlanta our hometown. Our headquarters, known within the company as the Support Center for restaurant Operators, is located just outside of downtown. We are partners with the greater Atlanta business community in philanthropic endeavors, working to stimulate the local economy through job creation, as well as leading stewardship initiatives intended to leave Georgia better than we found it.

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The Chick-fil-A Backstage Tour offers an authentic storytelling experience inspired by the fascinating history, culture and values of the company. From our hospitable people and delicious food to the infectious “Eat Mor Chikin” Cows, you can explore the unique Chick-fil-A story with our guided walking tour.

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Serving a breaded, boneless chicken breast between two buttered buns is a seemingly simple idea--but it was a novelty for its time. Truett Cathy experimented for years at the Dwarf Grill in Hapeville, GA when in 1964, he finally arrived at the perfect recipe. On that day, the Chick-fil-A® Chicken Sandwich was born. That capital A is on purpose – it means "grade A top quality". Truett's customers told him, "We like it, don't change it again." And we haven't. 

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Serving communities across the country with more than 2,400 restaurants, today customers can find Chick-fil-A inside airports, malls, college campuses, in the heart of Manhattan, and nestled among the thousands of busy streets connecting neighborhoods in 47 states and Washington D.C. An innovator from the start, Chick-fil-A was the first restaurant to pair shopping and eating by opening its first restaurant in an Atlanta-area mall. Today our restaurant designs are still leading the way, most recently receiving recognition for a California restaurant design that placed Chick-fil-A among the likes of design icons such as Apple, Ralph Lauren, and Lululemon.

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There's nothing standard when it comes to doing business in New York City. To meet the fast-paced lifestyle of our urban customers, we created a new and quicker way to serve them by using iPads to take orders in line. We call it "upstream ordering."

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At Chick-fil-A we take a "cook less, more often" approach. By studying smart, lean manufacturing principles used in other industries, we have created new ways to serve our guests the freshest food possible while reducing food waste.

From the beginning it's been important for us to give parents options when selecting meals for their children. That's why we were the first restaurant to offer a fruit cup and grilled entree, and why we expanded our menu to include organic and soda-free options for kid's meals.

Our commitment to the environment is in the very fiber of our being – literally. Our restaurant team member polos are made with rPET fabric from recycled plastic bottles. To date, more than 5.3 million bottles have been reclaimed and repurposed into shirts.

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National Partnerships

The Chick-fil-A® Peach Bowl™

The Chick-fil-A® Peach Bowl™ is one of the originals. Now in its 50th year, and with Chick-fil-A as its title sponsor since 1996, it's the ninth longest running bowl game in the country. As part of the new College Football Playoff system, in 2016 the Chick-fil-A® Peach Bowl™ served as one of two hosts for the College Football Playoffs National Semifinal.

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College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A®  Fan Experience™

The College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A®  Fan Experience™ officially opened its doors in 2014. Redefining what a Hall of Fame can be, the College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience is an engaging and interactive experience that takes college football lovers behind-the-scenes of their favorite sport.

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The Chick-fil-A®  Kickoff Game

Billed as the "Daytona 500 of college football," the Chick-fil-A®  Kickoff Game delivers a match-up of elite teams from around the country in a game that serves to kick off the college football season each year since 2008.

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Through our wholly owned subsidiaries, we are designing new, innovative ways to support restaurant Operators and their Team Members, so they can continue to provide the quality food and experience you’ve come to expect from Chick-fil-A, now and in the future.

Chick-fil-A Supply

Chick-fil-A Supply, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Chick-fil-A, Inc., is an innovative distribution service provider focused on understanding and meeting the unique needs of Chick-fil-A® restaurants. Chick-fil-A Supply ensures restaurants have the food and products they need through a seamless delivery experience that extends the Chick-fil-A culture of care.

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Bay Center Foods

Bay Center Foods, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Chick-fil-A, Inc., is a state-of-the-art food production company focused on producing real lemon juice and lemon byproducts. Based in Valencia, California, Bay Center supplies the lemon juice for Chick-fil-A® Lemonade at restaurants chainwide.


Glassdoor, one of the world’s largest job and recruiting sites, announced the winners of its annual Employees’ Choice Awards, honoring the Top CEOs in 2019 across North America and parts of Europe. Unlike any other workplace award, the Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards are based on the input of employees who voluntarily provide anonymous feedback by completing a company review about their CEO’s leadership, along with insights into their job, work environment and employer over the past year.

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  • Glassdoor Top 100 CEO
  • Forbes’ Best Employer by State – South Carolina
  • QSR Reader’s Choice Awards
  • Newsweek America’s Best Customer Service Report

Chick-fil-A ranked 4th on The Harris Poll Reputation Quotient (RQ®) list of 100 most visible companies in 2018, up from ranking 25th in 2017. Harris Poll surveys U.S. adults to evaluate public perceptions classified into six dimensions of corporate reputation: Workplace Environment, Social Responsibility, Emotional Appeal, Financial Performance, Vision & Leadership, and Products & Services.

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  • Glassdoor Top 100 CEO
  • Forbes Best Employers
  • National Society of High School Scholars Top Employer

Based on customer service reviews, Chick-fil-A received the Consumer Choice Awards®  top spot in the category, “Provides Value Through Service.” Chick-fil-A was one of more than 120 leading U.S. restaurant chains across 60 different categories reviewed in the annual study. Technomic, an industry leader in food research and products, conducted the analysis, evaluating more than 100,000 customer visits to inform the awards.

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  • C Space Most Human Award
  • Temkin Experience Ratings - Top 10% and Industry Leader
  • Techonomic Consumer Choice Award
  • WayUp Top 100 Internship Programs
  • Indeed's 20 Best Companies for the Work-Life Balance
  • Chicken Restaurant Brand of the Year

Family owned

Dan T. Cathy


“I try to lead by example and learn from the examples that have been set before me.”

Donald (Bubba) M. Cathy

Executive Vice President and President, Dwarf House

“We all have a role to play, and finding more meaningful and memorable ways to live and work together is a great responsibility.”

Trudy Cathy White


"If you truly want to make a difference in this world, strive to connect with people through the power of relationship.”

The next generation

As a family-owned business, the Cathy family has been working together for 70 years. Just as Truett Cathy built Chick-fil-A alongside his wife and children, today several second and third generation Cathy family members are carrying on that tradition, while others pursue talents in other fields. Working in a variety of different capacities, from staff headquartered at the Chick-fil-A Support Center to serving local communities as restaurant Operators, they're coast-to-coast helping people "Eat Mor Chikin®."

The First 100®

As we continue to navigate through COVID-19, we have temporarily moved away from hosting our traditional First 100™ event at new restaurants. Instead, we are providing free Chick-fil-A meals for a year to 100 people who are making an impact in our local communities. See details at future openings.

Corporate purpose

“To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us and to have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.”