Take an inside look at Chick-fil-A
Britt Pendergrast, Dec crew
March 14, 2011
Filed under Features
Ever wonder the reason that Chick-fil-A is closed on Sundays? When Cathy first opened his small restaurant in Hapeville, he always found himself exhausted by the end of the week, and decided to let himself and his fellow workers take Sunday off. He figured if he didn’t like working on Sundays, that other people didn’t either. As his business grew this policy did not change. “I was not so committed to financial success that I was willing to abandon my principles and priorities,” Cathy said. “One of the most visible examples of this is our decision to close on Sunday… [This] was our way of honoring God and of directing our attention to things that mattered more than our business.” Chick-fil-A is the only major fast-food restaurant chain closed on Sundays, one of the busiest days of the week in the restaurant business. Despite being closed on Sundays, Cathy has led Chick-fil-A on an unparalleled record of 40 consecutive years of sales increases.
Cathy also focuses on giving back to the local community, and particularly schools. Nearly all Chick-fil-A restaurants work with neighborhood schools or groups to organize fundraising or volunteer efforts.
Cathy has also established a scholarship program to encourage Chick-fil-A restaurant employees to further their education. Chick-fil-A has awarded nearly $25 million in total scholarship money to eligible students. The Chick-fil-A restaurant chain is much more than just a business. It is clear that the company’s motives are not just to make money, but to give back to the community.