Chick-fil-A to Open 102 Locations in 2013
This year, Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A expects to create 6,200 new jobs by opening 102 new locations across the country.
In April, the fast food giant opened its latest nontraditional unit in Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International airport. Located at gate 21 on Concourse C, it is being operated by HMSHost, the first airport licensee partner for the company. It is the chain’s fifth airport partnership with HMSHost, including airports in Birmingham, Ala., Cincinnati, Minneapolis, and Orlando.
“We are thrilled to once again partner with HMSHost to bring Chick-fil-A to the passengers and staff at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport,” said Dan T. Cathy, the company’s president and COO. “We know our freshly prepared food and excellent service on both sides of the counter have been missed by millions of travelers from all over the country who pass through the airport.”
Chick-fil-A opened its first location in the Atlanta Airport on Concourse A in 1996 and closed it in 2012 in order to relocate to Concourse C. This fall, a second location of the chicken restaurant will open on Concourse A.
In 1992 the company put its first licensee location on the Georgia Tech Campus, and today has 237 licensed restaurants on other campuses as well as in airports, hospitals, businesses, and industrial sites.