Local franchise owner Allen Arant will open Bartlett’s first stand-alone Chick-fil-A restaurant on April 5, bringing 80 new jobs to the area, a chance for 100 adults to win free Chick-fil-A meals for a year and the opportunity for the community to donate children’s books to a local youth organization.
A family friendly overnight First 100 party will pop up in the restaurant parking lot at 2940 Kirby Whitten Road on April 5, 24 hours before the grand opening as guests try to be one of the first 100 adults through the door to win a year of free Chick-fil-A meals. This community event is open to guests residing in specific zip codes surrounding the restaurant with details and rules can be found at https://thechickenwire.chick-fil-a.com/News/Future-Openings.
The Chick-fil-A First 100
A tradition going back more than 14 years, Chick-fil-A’s First 100 celebration has given away more than $34 million in free food through 2017 and continues to be the chain’s signature grand opening event. Rain, snow and extreme temperatures do not deter Chick-fil-A fans who arrive with tents, chairs, TVs and computers to stay entertained.
Each fan hopes to win a digital offer card loaded with a one-year supply 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) that will be awarded to the first 100 eligible adults– ages 18 and older with identification – around 5:45 a.m. on April 5. If more than 100 people are onsite when the line officially opens at 6 a.m. on April 4, a drawing will be held to randomly select the First 100. Those chosen will be required to camp out until the grand opening in order to secure their spot.
About Franchise Operator Allen Arant
Arant, who graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA with a degree in accounting from Mississippi State University, was in the top 1 percent of 2009 Army ROTC graduates nationwide. He also earned the G. V. Sonny Montgomery Leadership Award for excellence in leadership, service and academics. Arant served eight years as a U.S. Army Officer, including being trained as a scout helicopter pilot with deployment to Afghanistan, and rose to the rank of captain. After sharing his military success and leadership experience with a member of Chick-fil-A’s franchise selection team, Arant became interested and was encouraged to pursue becoming an Operator.
Arant was attracted to the company and the opportunity to have his own business while also developing future leaders of America.
“Our goal is to serve quality food in a fast, clean and friendly environment while genuinely enriching the lives of every guest who walks through our doors,” said Arant, whose wife, Lindsay, and their three children are excited to be a part of Bartlett’s close-knit community.
Children’s Book Drive
Reflecting his desire to have an immediate, positive impact on the surrounding community, Arant is inviting his First 100 guests and restaurant customers to participate in a children’s book drive benefitting a local youth organization. He will be collecting new and gently used children’s books through Thursday of grand opening week to be placed in a nearly 3-foot Book House, built from reclaimed wood. Since 2014, Chick-fil-A has collected more than 57,000 books that have been donated to 325 local organizations in 45 states and Washington, D.C.
The 5,000-square-foot Shoppes at Bartlett Chick-fil-A restaurant features a:
- heritage restaurant interior design that showcases handmade, authentic materials for a vintage-inspired interior, subway tiles, and a light fixture made from recycled Coca-Cola bottles.
- custom catering and mobile order pickup area unique to the Shoppes at Bartlett Chick-fil-A restaurant.
- dining room with seating for 112 and additional outdoor seating for 16.
- free Wi-Fi and three designated parking spaces for Chick-fil-A One App mobile order pick-ups.
- full-service menu with a variety of healthy options and breakfast until 10:30 a.m., and will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday. It will be closed on Sunday to provide a day of rest and time with family for team members.
Chick-fil-A in Memphis
Chick-fil-A opened Tennessee’s first location nearly 40 years ago in September 1978 inside Hickory Hollow Mall. The Shoppes at Bartlett grand opening marks the 81st location in Tennessee and is part of the 120 new Chick-fil-A locations opening this year across the country, creating nearly 11,000 new jobs. For more information on the Shoppes at Bartlett Chick-fil-A restaurant, visit Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheShoppesatBartlett/.
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 2,291 restaurants in 47 states and Washington, D.C. Chick-fil-A system sales reached nearly $8 billion in 2016, which marks 49 consecutive years of sales growth. In 2017, Chick-fil- A received the top score among fast food brands and one of the top 10 scores overall for customer experience in the Temkin Experience Ratings survey. In 2016, Chick-fil- A was named the Technomic Consumer’s Choice for “providing value through service,” named the “the most polite restaurant in the country” in QSR Magazine’s annual drive-thru report and was the only restaurant brand named to the Top 10 “Best Companies to Work For” by 24/7 Wall Street. More information on Chick-fil- A is available at www.chick-fil-a.com.