Do you “hav a futur in chikin?” Chick-fil-A sure hopes so.
Moving toward completion of its new restaurant at Columbus Park Crossing, Chick-fil-A will be looking next week to hire 75 staffers to prepare its chicken sandwiches, waffle fries and other goodies, and serve them to hungry customers.
The hiring event is scheduled 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Goodwill Industries Midtown Career Center, 2601 Cross Country Drive. That’s in an office park near Cross Country Plaza and behind the La Quinta Inn on Macon Road.
Goodwill communications specialist Haley Borin said Thursday that those interested in the positions should bring résumés with them and dress appropriately for interaction with a potential employer.
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Chick-fil-A, which plans an early January opening, will be hiring store leadership, marketing positions and staffers for the front and back of the house, which means food preparation people and servers at the counter.
“Working for Chick-fil-A has its perks,” a flyer from the Atlanta-based restaurant chain says of the hiring. That includes “great food, career opportunities, pay based on experience, lasting friendships and a flexible schedule.” The best part, the flyer notes, is that employees don’t have to work on Sundays. Chick-fil-A is closed each Sunday due to the wishes of its late founder S. Truett Cathy, whose son, Dan Cathy, has continued the policy.
The new Chick-fil-A restaurant will be located at 5520 Whittlesey Blvd., on property that once was home to a Shogun Japanese restaurant. That 6,807-square-foot structure was torn down to make way for the 4,999-square-foot Chick-fil-A eatery. The location fronts Dick’s Sporting Goods and a Kohl’s department store at Columbus Park Crossing, one of the busiest shopping and dining areas in the city.
When it does open next month, there most certainly will be the traditional giveaway of free meals for a year to the first 100 adults in line on the first day. The promotion typically attracts a crowd of people camping in the parking lot with tents, awnings and the necessities to get them through the night. The Manchester Expressway location that opened last summer allowed campers inside to use its restrooms.
The Columbus Park restaurant will be the sixth standalone Chick-fil-A in the Columbus area. There also is a food court location at Peachtree Mall. The company has said it expects to open 102 outlets across the U.S. this year to go along with the nearly 2,200 it already operates in 46 states and in Washington, D.C.