Answering the Mysteries of Chick-fil-A

Answering the Mysteries of Chick-fil-A!

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I love Chick-fil-A, and over 27 years of working for them, you can imagine the many misconceptions  I have heard about being one.  But now, I am about to divulge the mysteries of Chick-fil-A.

Q:  Does the corporate office only hire Christians? 

A:  The answer is NO.  There are operators and staff from a variety of backgrounds working at Chick-fil-A.  I actually get this question quite often.  It is astonishing how many perplexed looks I get  when I tell them this secret that we call – discrimination.  It is illegal to only hire people due to their religion.

As an owner of Chick-fil-A for over 23 years I have noticed this;  You have heard it before, and perhaps even said it.  Birds of a feather flock together.  I have seen people come, and people go, because of the type of people you have working for you.

Q:  Do they actually require you to close on Sundays?  

A:  The answer is, yes.  It is a requirement that if you work for a Chick-fil-A, your store must be closed on Sunday.

Q:  Do they require you go to church on Sunday?  

A:  The answer is no. Though, I would highly encourage it.

Q:  If I have enough money, can I build a store? 

A:  The answer is no, the corporate office has a real estate team.  The real estate team has a growth strategy.  They find the locations they best suited for the company, and then look for the best candidate.

Q:  Do they only hire from within?  

A:  The answer is no, a majority of the franchisees do come from working inside Chick-fil-a locations.  However, many times they will bring someone in from outside the system.

Q:  I heard it only costs $10,000 to be an owner!

A:  The answer is yes. Although this statement is true, Dan Cathy often says, “it’s easier to get into the CIA than it is Chick-fil-A.”  When I started, I had no money, was 22 years old and had to get a signature loan @ 19% to get in.  (I would not suggest that)

Now here is the ultimate mystery:

Q:  Does Chick-fil-A put Crack in their food?  

The answer is… unmistakably, No! Now, there IS a secret formula in the coater and with the addictive habits people have with Chick-fil-A, it sure appears that way. Yet, if this were the case; you would have to say it is also in our Chick-n- Minis, Sweet Tea, and our Chick-fil-A sauce.

Now that I have unearthed a few mysteries of Chick-fil-A, you should know it’s a very rewarding career. In our next blog of this series I will answer the questions on how to hire the right people for your business and KEEP them.


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