Community invited to celebrate Prosper’s first Chick-fil-A
opening Aug. 23 100 guests to earn free year of Chick-fil-A meals by participating in Campout
PROSPER, TX – Chick-fil-A will open its first Prosper restaurant on Aug. 23, bringing its handcrafted food and award-winning customer service, commitment to community engagement and hands-on mentoring for 85 newly hired Team Members.
Local franchise owner and Operator Chris Wright is inviting residents to join in the opening festivities at his new restaurant at 1091 S. Preston Road by participating in a community celebration that has been a 14-year Chick-fil-A tradition. Chick-fil-A’s First 100 celebration has given away more than $34 million through yearend 2017.
First 100 Campout event and children’s book drive
The family friendly 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.,
Aug. 22. 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.
The celebration includes a children’s book drive benefitting a local youth organization, one of several organizations Wright hopes to positively impact and support in the community. Since 2014, Chick-fil-A has donated nearly 70,000 books to 341 local organizations in 45 states and Washington, D.C.
“I am excited to bring Chick-fil-A to Prosper and have an opportunity to serve the community outside my restaurant,” said Wright. “I am committed to developing myTeam Members as together we provide a remarkable experience to our guests who become part of our family.”
Team Member opportunities
Wright is seeking enthusiastic, service-minded Team Members to work in all areas of the restaurant while also being given opportunities for leadership development and continuing education.
Thousands of Team Members are being impacted annually by Chick-fil-A’s Remarkable Futures education initiative. This year more than 5,700 Team Members were awarded with $14.65 million in scholarships, a $5.7 million increase from 2017 and one of the highest unrestricted per-employee scholarship investments in the industry. Team Members, who are beginning or continuing their higher education, are awarded scholarships in the amount of $2,500 or $25,000 that can be applied for any area of study at any accredited institution. In addition to $14.65 million in scholarships, all of Chick-fil-A’s 120,000 Team Members also have access to tuition discounts and other educational benefits at 100colleges and universities nationwide.
About Operator Chris Wright
Wright has been a member of the Chick-fil-A family since he was 15 and was hired as a Team Member in Mansfield, Texas. He was recognized for his hard work and academics with a Chick-fil-A Leadership Scholarship, which he used to attend the University of Texas at Arlington. Having fallen in love with the company’s commitment to service and leadership, he went to work for Wayne Hassler who operated the Chick-fil-A at South Cooper in Arlington. With mentoring from Hassler, Wright continued being recognized and was promoted to general manager at age 19, helping to continue his dream to become a Chick-fil-A Operator.
Wright graduated with a degree in business management and entered the company’s interim management program to continue his Operator journey while managing and opening restaurants across the country. 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 2012, his dream was realized when he was finally awarded the Chick-fil-A in Tulsa, Okla. He is thrilled to return to the state he called home and where his love for the brand was developed. He and his Team Members are excited to be the first to bring fresh, hot food and fast service to the Prosper community.
Wright is committed to providing the same leadership development he was taught, helping him earn the loyalty of his Team Members. In fact, six Team Members with a combined 24 years of experience with Wright, will be joining him in Prosper. He also is mentoring three of his team as they strive to follow in his footsteps to become Operators as well.
Supported by his wife, Jennifer, and their three children, the Wright family are thrilled to be a part of Prosper and look forward to spending many years in their new city and community they now call home.
Wright’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 with a vintage-inspired interior, including a large gathering table made from reclaimed wood, light fixtures from recycled Coca-Cola bottles and peach baskets, and an interactive two-story, indoor play area.
· Chick-fil-A app mobile ordering parking spot with designated 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.
Chick-fil-A expansion in Dallas-Fort Worth
Dallas-Fort Worth’s first Chick-fil-A opened in 1977 in Ridgemar Mall. The Prosper restaurant becomes the eighth to open in the metro area since March and the fifth in Texas within the past six weeks. Texas continues to be a core growth state for the chain which plans to open 129 restaurants nationwide this year. Additional information about the Chick-fil-A at Gates of Prosper can be found by visiting https://www.facebook.com/cfagatesofprosper/.