Melrose Park Chick-fil-A to Open Oct. 13 in Winston Plaza

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chick-fil-a_meal1.jpgSaturday, October 8, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Chick-fil-A, according to a recent Business Insider article, is quickly establishing its fast food dominance. The average restaurant reportedly generated $3.9 million in 2015, more than any other fast-food chain in the country. The average KFC restaurant, for instance, netted about $1 million last year, Business Insider notes.

Next week, Chick-fil-A will mark its territory in Melrose Park when it opens at 2 Winston Plaza. Listings for full-time and part-time team member positions at the Winston Plaza location are currently posted on the website

The opening in Melrose Park will accompany what the company calls a First 100 program, “where we invite 100 people to celebrate the grand opening of each new Chick-fil-A restaurant,” according to its website.

According to a summary of the program by the Huffington Post, “Chick-fil-A’s ‘First 100’ event invites 100 members of the community to spend 12 hours at the restaurant in pursuit of one coveted prize: a year of free chicken sandwich meals.”

“To be clear,” the Huffington article notes, “this is not an unlimited fast food pass. ‘First 100’ victors receive one free chicken sandwich meal per week for a year, roughly $300 dollars worth of chicken.”

For more information on the rules of the First 100 program, click here.

The article by Business Insider lists some of the possible reasons for Chick-fil-A’s popularity. For instance, a new study suggests that the restaurant has one of the highest performing drive-thru service among its competitors.

“The chain scored the highest marks on employee politeness at the drive thru, according to the study, which compiled data from 2,000 visits to 15 fast-food chains,” Business Insider notes. “Employees said ‘thank you,’ smiled, and had a pleasant demeanor during nine out of 10 visits.”

The popular restaurant chain’s drive thru service also scored major points for accuracy, with the study noting that Chick-fil-A workers got orders correct 95 percent of the time, second only to Carl Jr.’s.

In 2012, Chick-fil-A came under fire over controversial statements made by its president, Dan Cathy, who voiced his opposition to same-sex marriage. The company’s charitable arm has also come under scrutiny for giving to political groups considered by many to be hostile to gay rights.

But the controversy, however, hasn’t slowed the company’s aggressive expansion.

According to an April press release drafted by the company, 25 percent of all new Chick-fil-A restaurants openings will be in the Midwest region. So far, there are more than 2,000 Chick-fil-A restaurants in existence.

“Every Chick-fil-A restaurant is a locally owned and operated small business, creating approximately 80 full- and part-time jobs each with employment and tax benefits going back to the local community,” the release notes.

“Chick-fil-A franchise owners live and work in the community in which their restaurants are located and are highly involved in the day-to-day operations at the restaurant. Seeking to become highly involved in their local communities, the franchise owners frequently work to support local schools and organizations.” VFP

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