Industry News | April 30, 2013
Chick-fil-A Teams Up with HMSHost for ATL Airport Unit
Travelers coming to or passing through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport will be able to “Eat Mor Chikin,” as Chick-fil-A partners with concessionaire HMSHost to celebrate the arrival of its sixth licensed airport location.
The new restaurant, located at gate 21 on Concourse C, will be operated by HMSHost, the first airport licensee partner for the Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A chain.
The new location is creating approximately 65 new airport jobs and becomes the chain’s fifth airport partnership with HMSHost, which includes airport locations in Birmingham, Cincinnati, Minneapolis, and Orlando.
Chick-fil-A first opened in the Atlanta Airport on Concourse A in 1996 and closed the location in 2012 to relocate with HMSHost to Concourse C.
Travelers who have made it a habit to visit the Chick-fil-A will be happy for the opening in Concourse C. Additionally, they will appreciate the convenience of the second Chick-fil-A restaurant at the airport, with another restaurant on Concourse A in the fall.
The new airport location will be open Monday through Saturday from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. and features a menu including the original Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich, Chick-fil-A Nuggets, Chick-fil-A Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich, Chick-fil-A Waffle Potato Fries, Chick-fil-A Fruit Cup, freshly squeezed Chick-fil-A Lemonade, iced tea, and a variety of soft drinks.
In addition, the new location will offer a breakfast menu that includes the Chick-fil-A Chicken Biscuit, as well as a variety of other breakfast entrees.
The new Chick-fil-A restaurant at the Atlanta airport is one of 102 locations the chain plans to open across the country in 2013, creating nearly 6,200 new jobs.
Chick-fil-A opened its first licensee location in 1992 on Georgia Tech Campus and today has 237 licensed restaurants not only on college campuses and airports, but also at hospitals, businesses, and industrial sites.
“We are thrilled to once again partner with HMSHost to bring Chick-fil-A to the passengers and staff at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport,” says Dan T. Cathy, president and COO, Chick-fil-A. “We know our freshly prepared food and excellent service on both sides of the counter have been missed by millions of travelers from all over the country who pass through the airport. We look forward to serving travelers and employees at our new Concourse C restaurant.”
Founder Truett Cathy perfected his recipe for a boneless breast-of-chicken sandwich while operating the Dwarf Grill, which he opened in Hapeville, Georgia, in 1946. The sandwich became the signature menu item when he opened the first Chick-fil-A, and it continues to be the hallmark product of the chain as it has grown to more than 1,710 restaurants in 38 states and Washington D.C.
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