"Sometimes success is disguised as hard work." - S. Truett Cathy
Chick-fil-A, Inc., Founder S. Truett Cathy started the business in 1946 with his brother, Ben. They opened an Atlanta diner known as The Dwarf Grill. Then in 1967, Truett founded and opened the first Chick-fil-A restaurant in Atlanta's Greenbriar Shopping Center. Today, Chick-fil-A has the highest same-store sales and is the largest quick-service chicken restaurant chain in the United States based on annual system-wide sales.
Cathy was a committed philanthropist dedicated to making a positive influence in the lives of youth. He was the recipient of countless awards over the years, both for his business acumen and for his charity. The current generation of the Cathy family honors Truett's legacy and continues to put his principles into action in both business and philanthropy.
Our founder, Truett Cathy, instilled great philosophies in the brand. For example, he made the decision to close on Sundays in 1946. Truett recognized the importance of closing on Sundays so that he and his employees could set aside one day to rest, spend time with family and friends, and worship if they choose. This practice is upheld still today with all Chick-fil-A locations.
Truett Cathy had a special place in his heart for his employees. He believed -- as we still do -- that giving people the opportunities they need to succeed helps all of us prosper. With that in mind, Chick-fil-A has given more than $35 million in college scholarships to Chick-fil-A restaurant team members wishing to pursue higher education. Chick-fil-A Owner Operators, to this day, strive to honor Truett Cathy by living up to his expectation of commitment to the community and their employees.