Despite rumors of store closures owing to a labor shortage, Chick-fil-A just announced a significant expansion.
The fast-food corporation will open a fourth distribution center in Antioch, Tennessee, providing a new supply base for locations throughout the southeast.
The distribution center will be operational later this year, and Chick-fil-A will invest $16.3 million and create 45 new jobs over the next five years.
Many in Tennessee are excited about this new economic growth opportunity.
Tennessee Governor Bill Le said: “Tennessee’s central location, skilled workforce, and strong business climate make our state a great fit for national companies like Chick-fil-A.
“We welcome Chick-fil-A’s decision to expand operations in Tennessee and look forward to their success in the years ahead.”
Chick-fil-A is also thrilled to usher in this new business chapter.
Josh Grote, executive director of distribution operations at Chick-fil-A Supply, said: “We are excited to open a company operated distribution center in the greater Nashville area to serve Chick-fil-A restaurants as they face growing consumer demand and supply chain complexity,”
He added: “This investment will be vital as we continue innovating new solutions to address the unique needs of Chick-fil-A franchise operators, licensees, and their teams.”
Despite criticism for its conservative principles, Chick-fil-A has expanded in recent years, with 2,700 outlets in 47 states, Washington DC and Canada.
Tennessee officials hope that this creative mentality will fit in well in the Nashville area.
TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe said, “With nearly 14,000 distribution and logistics companies across the state, Tennessee is primed to welcome a nationally recognized brand like Chick-fil-A to Davidson County,”
He continued: “We are thrilled that Chick-fil-A has selected Antioch as the site for its newest distribution center and thank this company for its investment in Tennessee.”
The controversy spread to the UK, where a branch in Reading in the south east of the county closed after only six months due to protests over comments allegedly made by the company’s owner – which the company always denied.