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A red bench and plaque will sit in front of the new Dallas Chick-fil-A restaurant to commemorate the company's 3,000th unit milestone.

Chick-fil-A hits its 3,000th restaurant milestone

Chick-fil-A’s newest restaurant is in the RedBird neighborhood of Dallas.

Chick-fil-A will open its 3,000th restaurant Nov. 9 in the historic RedBird neighborhood of Dallas, Texas. The restaurant’s local owner/operator is Consuela Jacobs, a Texas native with a background in retail.

The milestone restaurant is the 145th Chick-fil-A in the Dallas-Fort Worth market, and the 471st in Texas. Of those, 129 units have opened in the past five years. The RedBird restaurant will include a red bench near the front door with a plaque honoring the 3,000th milestone.   

“Marking the 3,000th milestone is a testament to our local owner-operators, team members and guests and their continued support of the company,” CEO Andrew T. Cathy said in a statement. “We are so thrilled to be celebrating together as we honor our founder, and my grandfather, S. Truett Cathy’s mission of remarkable customer service and demonstrating care to all. As we continue to expand, we still take pride in the fact that our restaurants are locally owned and operated businesses that invest in their people and their community, and Chick-fil-A RedBird is no exception.” 

Chick-fil-A is on part to open over 100 restaurants this year and has maintained that steady pace for the past three years. The company is exploring different restaurant designs as part of this growth, including an elevated drive-thru concept in Atlanta.

For competitive context on Chick-fil-A’s milestone unit count, Popeyes finished 2022 with 2,921 restaurants, while KFC finished last year with 3,918 restaurants, according to Technomic Ignite data. Chick-fil-A’s sales at the end of 2022 were about $18.8 billion, a 12.8% increase year-over-year. Average unit volumes were around $6.8 million.

To commemorate the 3,000th Chick-fil-A restaurant, Jacobs will be accompanied by Cathy and other executive leaders to participate in a ribbon cutting. Additionally, the company will donate $300,000 total to Feeding America and Junior Achievement. Chick-fil-A RedBird will also participate in company’s Shared Table program, which redirects surplus food from the restaurant to local soup kitchens, shelters, food banks and nonprofits.

“I’m humbled to join this company as a local owner-operator and open my own Chick-fil-A restaurant in a neighborhood where I spent a lot of time during my childhood,” Jacobs said in a statement. “After several years of working as a retail buyer, I am eager to apply my learnings from the industry – and use my experience as a former Chick-fil-A Team Member – to create a place that honors the legacy of Chick-fil-A’s founder and where the RedBird neighborhood feels welcome.”

Contact Alicia Kelso at [email protected]

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