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Chick-fil-A

Franchise

Chick-fil-A is a privately owned and family-operated quick-service restaurant specializing in boneless chicken-based dishes. The franchise has gained a cult-like following that has propelled the brand from the American South, its base, to a nationwide chain of approximately 2,500 locations and estimated annual systemwide sales over $10 billion. With its emphasis on family, and its early reputation for outspoken Christian values, Chick-fil-A has invited some controversy while still attracting broad American appeal.

Facts & Figures

Liquid capital required
$10,000
Investment
$582,360 - $2,025,400
Franchise fee
$10,000
Royalty
15.0%
Offers Financing
Yes
Units in operation
2,493
Founded
1964

Overview

Chick-fil-A actively seeks franchisees, and invites accepted new owners to an extensive, multi-week training program before opening a restaurant, as well as offering follow-up support. The company is planning to expand particularly across the American Midwest and Mountain states, as well as in the Northeast, California, Texas and Florida. As a stipulation with owning a Chick-fil-A, the restaurants must remain closed on Sundays.

Chick-fil-A Franchise Opportunities – History

Chick-fil-A’s story goes back to 1946, when Truett Cathy opened his first restaurant, The Dwarf Grill, in Hapeville, Georgia. In the early 1960s he founded Chick-fil-A, opening the restaurants in shopping malls beginning in 1967. Since then, Chick-fil-A has grown into the second largest quick-service chicken restaurant chain in the United States.

Chick-fil-A Franchise Cost / Initial Investment / Chick-fil-A Franchise Income

Chick-fil-A has a distinct franchise business model. The franchise fee to join Chick-fil-A is a very accessible $10,000. Chick-fil-A corporation will pay for land, construction and equipment for a restaurant, then rent it to the franchisee for 15% of sales plus 50% of pretax profit remaining. Therefore, startup costs are very low, in exchange for higher-than-usual monthly payments.

Chick-fil-A Business Opportunities: Other Information

Chick-fil-A has been a title sponsor of the college football Peach Bowl in Atlanta since 1994, which has officially become the Chick-fil-A Bowl. The restaurant brand’s motto, “Eat mor chikin,” and its comical Cow Campaign has been very effective in promoting the restaurant.

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