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First Terrell Chick-fil-A Restaurant Opening March 14 with ‘First 100 Campout’

Community invited to celebrate at First 100 Campout

Up to 100 guests will earn a free year of Chick-fil-A

(TERRELL, TX – March 7, 2019) Chick-fil-A will open its first Terrell location and second metro-Dallas-Fort Worth restaurant of 2019 on March 14, bringing its handcrafted food and award-winning customer service, commitment to community engagement and hands-on mentoring for 80 newly hired Team Members.

Local franchise owner and Operator Lee Johnson is inviting residents to join in the opening festivities at his new restaurant at 1300 FM 148 by participating in a community celebration that has been a 15-year Chick-fil-A tradition. Chick-fil-A’s First 100 event has given away more than $39 million through yearend 2018.

First 100 Campout event

The overnight First 100 Campout party includes fun, engaging activities for all ages while enjoying Chick-fil-A meals throughout the countdown to the opening. Registration begins in the restaurant parking lot at 6 a.m. on March 13. Details include:

  • Up to 100 adults will win a digital offer card with a year of free Chick-fil-A meals (52 meals with each consisting of a
    Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich, medium Waffle Potato Fries and a medium beverage).
  • The community event is open to guests surrounding the restaurant with a list of eligible zip codes and complete rules found at https://thechickenwire.chick-fil-a.com/News/Future-Openings.

About Operator Lee Johnson

Born and raised in South Carolina, Johnson was familiar with Chick-fil-A’s quality food and outstanding service but it was not until hearing Founder S. Truett Cathy speak while attending the University of South Carolina, where he took a deeper look at the company’s vision and values. After earning a master’s in international hospitality and tourism management in 2009, Johnson pursued his interest in Chick-fil-A by first working for three years in business operations at his local restaurant. He was then accepted into the corporate leadership development program, traveling across the country for four years to open and manage Chick-fil-A restaurants.

Johnson knew the brand fit his desire and passion for leadership, community service and entrepreneurial goals and applied to become an Operator. Becoming a Chick-fil-A Operator is no small feat with the company receiving some 40,000 applications yearly for approximately 100 franchise opportunities. In 2016, Johnson’s dream was realized when he was awarded the Hulen Mall location in Fort Worth where his hard work earned him Chick-fil-A’s Rookie of the Year for the Southwest Region in 2017.

Although raised in South Carolina, Texas has quickly earned his heart as that is not only where he first served as an Operator but also where he met his future wife, Meghan, while both working on a Dallas grand opening, The Johnson family look forward to serving the Terrell community at its first Chick-fil-A location.

“I am excited to bring Chick-fil-A to the people in Terrell and be an integral part of the community,” said Johnson. “I am committed to developing my Team Members as together we provide a remarkable experience to our guests, who become part of our family, and inspire people to continue taking good care of each other.” 

Restaurant details

Johnson’s nearly 5,000-square-foot restaurant has been designed to enhance all aspects of a guest’s experience from the drive-thru to the counter to in-restaurant dining. Highlights include a:

  • dining room that seats 114 and an interactive two-story, indoor play area and outside seating for 20.
  • vintage-inspired interior, including a large gathering table made from reclaimed wood, light fixtures from recycled Coca-Cola bottles and peach baskets,
  • Chick-fil-A app mobile ordering inside pickup counter.
  • full-service menu with a variety of healthy and dietary options, including breakfast until 10:30 a.m. Open 6 a.m. to
    10 p.m., daily except Sundays.
  • two-lane drive-thru merging into a single pick-up point that can handle upwards of 200 cars an hour, along with a covered canopy for face-to-face ordering to enhance and further speed up the process for guests.

Chick-fil-A expansion in Dallas

Chick-fil-A opened its first Dallas location inside Southwest Center Mall in 1978. Today, there are 79 Chick-fil-A restaurants within 50 miles of the city. The Terrell location is the sixth to open in Texas this year and the first of two opening within a week of each other in the metro area that will include the March 21 opening in Richardson. They are among 120 new Chick-fil-A restaurants projected to open this year creating more than 10,000 new jobs. Additional information about the new Chick-fil-A at Terrell can be found by visiting https://www.facebook.com/cfaterrell/.

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 2,410 restaurants in 47 states and Washington, D.C. Chick-fil-A reported more than $10 billion in revenue in 2018, which marks 51 consecutive years of sales growth. A leader in customer service satisfaction, consumers voted Chick-fil-A, Inc. fourth out of 100 in Harris Poll’s annual corporate reputation survey in 2018. More information on Chick-fil-A is available at www.chick-fil-a.com.

By Bernard Hendrix. 


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