Get your tents out. A new Chick-fil-A is opening in Fort Worth on May 18 and with it the tradition of hanging out to win a year of free meals.
Franchise owner Vanessa Bales opens the first of three metro -Dallas-Fort Worth Chick-fil-A restaurants within five weeks with the May 18 opening. Bales is hiring 50 new team members who will join the 50 employees transferring from her previous Chick-fil-A restaurant.
The 4,800-square-foot Centreport Chick-fil-A restaurant features a:
• Two-story interactive indoor play area for children and free Wi-Fi.
• Dual drive-thru ordering lanes and screens to enable customers to move quickly into a single lane for payment and pickup.
• Combined dining room and outdoor seating for 126.
• Full-service menu that includes a variety of healthy options and breakfast until 10:30 a.m., and will be open Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Like all Chick-fil-A locations, it will be closed on Sunday to provide a day of rest and time with family and friends for team members.
The grand opening events at the new restaurant located at 4332 Hwy. 360 will officially get under way on May 17. A family friendly overnight First 100 party will pop up in the restaurant parking lot 24 hours before the grand opening as guests try to be one of the first 100 adults through the door to win a year of free Chick-fil-A meals. This community event is open to guests residing in specific zip codes surrounding the restaurant. A list of eligible zip codes and rules can be found at https://thechickenwire.chick-fil-a.com/News/Future-Openings.
Bales will host a celebration to provide free Chick-fil-A meals for a year to 100 eligible adults and books to South Euless Elementary School through a community book drive.
Bales joined the Chick-fil-A family at 15-years-old while attending high school in Marietta, Georgia. Wanting a pair of expensive shoes, Bales’ father told her she would need to work for them and they felt Chick-fil-A would be the perfect fit with its strong work ethic and focus on service. She continued working as a team member through high school, earning a four-year soccer scholarship to Georgia Southern University and a Chick-fil-A Leadership Scholarship to help fund her education.
After she graduated from college, she returned home and spent the next nine years pursuing her dream of becoming an operator of a Chick-fil-A.
Finally, her dream was realized when she became operator of the North Beltline Road Chick-fil-A location in Irving.
Proving herself worthy of the title as operator, Bales’ earned Rookie of the Year and three Symbol of Success awards – the company’s highest honor for operators—during her six short years of operating the North Beltline Road Chick-fil-A restaurant. Bales love for the state is reflected in the names of her two great Danes, Tex and Dallas.
“The people in Dallas-Fort Worth are incredibly wonderful and supportive. It is the perfect place to do business and give back to the community,” said Bales. “This is exactly where I am meant to be.”
The Centreport Chick-fil-A restaurant is the second of four locations opening in the Dallas-Fort Worth area this year, with the next opening occurring on June 7 at 3588 Highway 114 in Fort Worth. For more information on the new Chick-fil-A restaurant, visit Facebook athttp://www.facebook.com/cfacentreport.