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Community invited to celebrate first Rialto Chick-fil-A opening on Jan. 31

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Up to 100 guests to earn free year of Chick-fil-A meals by participating in First 100 Campout

 

RIALTO, Calif. (Jan. 31, 2019) – Chick-fil-A will open its first Rialto restaurant on Jan. 31, bringing its handcrafted food and award-winning customer service, commitment to community engagement and hands-on mentoring for nearly 90 newly hired Team Members.

Chick-fil-A franchise owner and Operator Dave Rodriguez is inviting residents to join in the opening festivities at his new restaurant at 1150 West Renaissance Parkway by participating in a community celebration that has been a 15-year Chick-fil-A tradition. Chick-fil-A’s First 100 celebration will have given away almost $39 million through yearend 2018.

First 100 Campout event

The overnight First 100 Campout party includes engaging activities for participants who also enjoy Chick-fil-A meals throughout the countdown to the opening. Registration begins in the restaurant parking lot at 6 p.m., Jan. 30. 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 Dave Rodriguez

Rodriguez’s first Chick-fil-A experience came as a child in his native Texas when his family would visit a nearby mall location and he fell in love with the signature Chick-fil-A Sandwich. After graduating from Texas A&M University. Rodriguez went on to earn his MBA from the University of Dallas while building his career in the telecom field. Over the years, Rodriguez led operations for two Texas manufacturing facilities and managed an offshore partnership with China in support of the commercial aircraft industry.

Throughout his career, however, he remained a fan of Chick-fil-A and decided to explore the franchise owner opportunity by volunteering at local restaurants. It didn’t take long before he realized the brand’s focus on serving freshly prepared food and mentoring young people matched his entrepreneurial goals. He and his wife, Lisa, and their two daughters are thrilled to open the new Rialto restaurant, which brings them closer to family in Orange County, and welcome their new neighbors and friends.

“I am excited to bring Chick-fil-A’s signature handcrafted menu items and personalized customer service to Rialto,” he said. “I am committed to developing my Team Members as together we provide a remarkable experience to our guests.”

Restaurant details

Rodriguez’s new 4,500 -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:

  • drive-thru, merging into a single pick-up point that can handle upwards of 200 cars an hour.
  • heritage restaurant design that showcases a vintage-inspired interior with floor-to-ceiling windows and drop pendant lighting.
  • convenient way to decrease pick-up time including three entry points into the restaurant and two Chick-fil-A mobile ordering pickup parking spaces.
  • dining room with free Wi-Fi and 120 seats, along with a 16-seat outdoor patio.
  • full-service menu with a variety of healthy and dietary options and breakfast until 10:30 a.m., and will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Chick-fil-A locations are closed on Sunday to provide a day of rest and time with family and friends for team members.

Chick-fil-A in metro-Los Angeles

Chick-fil-A opened its first metro-Los Angeles restaurant at Santa Monica Place in 1980 and continued to expand into mall locations before opening its first stand-alone locations. January marks 15 years since Chick-fil-A opened its first standalone location in California in Chino Hills, followed a week later by an Irvine restaurant. Today, there are 46 Chick-fil-A restaurants within 50 miles of Los Angeles and Chick-fil-A’s West Coast corporate office is located in Irvine.

The new Highway 210 & Ayala Drive location is the fourth of five locations slated to open in the metro area in the first quarter. Chick-fil-A opened restaurants in Burbank, Riverside and Norwalk on Jan. 10. The chain’s Simi Valley location is slated to open in February. For more information about the new location, find the restaurant on Instagram at “cfarialto” or Facebook at www.facebook.com/CFARialto.

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 2,400 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 in Harris Poll’s annual corporate reputation survey, ranking the company fourth out of 100 in 2018. Chick-fil-A was also recognized for customer experience again in the 2018 Temkin Experience Ratings survey, was named “Best Franchise Brand” in 2018 by Airport Revenue News and was named one of the top 100 best places to work by Glassdoor in 2017. Continuing its founder’s legacy of generosity and service, in 2018 Chick-fil-A’s Remarkable Futures initiative awarded $14.65 million in scholarships to restaurant Team Members nationwide. In 2017 the company’s philanthropic Chick-fil-A Foundation awarded $1.23 million to 23 not-for-profit organizations across 13 states through the True Inspiration Awards. More information on Chick-fil-A is available at www.chick-fil-a.com.

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