Closed On Sunday
Chick-fil-AŽ Restaurants

"Our decision to close on Sunday was our way of honoring God and directing our attention to things more important than our business.  If it took seven days to make a living with a restaurant, then we needed to be in some other line of work.  Through the years, I have never wavered from that position.”
                                                                           - S. Truett Cathy


Truett Cathy - Founder and Chairman, Chick-fil-A.
S. Truett Cathy
Founder / Chairman, Chick-fil-AŽ, Inc.
11820 Memorial Pkwy. S.W. - Huntsville, AL.
"Closed Sunday"
Chick-fil-AŽ Company Policy.


Chick-fil-A, the third-largest quick-service chicken restaurant chain in the country, gives all employees Sunday off to spend with family and to express their faith.  Yet, Chick-fil-A turns more sales in six days than most national chains show in seven.  Closing on Sunday is just one of the “principles before profits” ingredients in founder Truett Cathy's inspiring recipe-for-success.  The other four ingredients are: 1-Climb With Care And Confidence, 2-Create A "Loyalty Effect," 3-Never Lose A Customer and 4-Put Principles And People Ahead Of Profits.

S. Truett Cathy, founder and chairman of Chick-fil-A, Inc., ventured into the restaurant business in 1946 when he and his brother Ben opened an Atlanta diner known as The Dwarf Grill (later renamed The Dwarf House).  Over the years, that restaurant prospered and led Cathy to further the success of his business.  In 1967, Cathy founded and opened the first Chick-fil-AŽ restaurant in Atlanta’s Greenbriar Mall.

Today, there are more than 1,040 restaurants in 34 states and Washington, D.C.  Remarkably, Cathy has led Chick-fil-AŽ on an unparalleled record of 34 consecutive years of annual sales increases.

“I see no conflict between biblical principles and good business practice.  Corporate America needs faith in something more than the bottom line,” Cathy said in a recent interview with NBC Nightly News (July 14, 2002).

4733 University Drive - Huntsville, AL.
Photo was made on Sunday, September 8, 2002
4733 University Drive, Huntsville, Alabama.
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Madison Square Mall - Huntsville, AL.
Photo was made on Sunday, September 29, 2002
Madison Square Mall, Huntsville, Alabama.
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Food Sign, Exit 312, I-75 North in Georgia.
Exit 312, Food Sign,
I-75 North - Georgia.
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Business By the Book Pays Off for Chick-fil-AŽ Founder:
Chick-fil-AŽ founder Truett Cathy combined integrity with business sense and cooked up a batch of heavenly success - by Michael Zigarelli, Connection Magazine.


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Information reprinted with permission from -  Steve Chapman (Manger, Communications and New Media - The DeMoss Group, Inc.) and - David Wood (Corporate Communications, Chick-fil-AŽ, Inc.).  Further reproduction, retransmission or distribution of this material without prior written consent of The DeMoss Group, Inc. and Chick-fil-AŽ, Inc. is prohibited.  Thanks goes to Steve Chapman and David Wood for allowing me to use this information.

S. Truett Cathy photograph courtesy of  Used with permission of Steve Chapman; photo may not be reproduced without written permission of

The DeMoss Group, Inc.
Steve Chapman - Manager, Communications/New Media
3235 Satellite Blvd., Suite 555
Duluth, GA 30096
(770) 813-0000 phone
(770) 813-8887 fax

Chick-fil-AŽ "Family Night" sign located at 11820 Memorial Parkway S.W., Huntsville, Alabama 35803 (256-650-7014).  Manipulated photograph by Eric Shindelbower.  Thanks to Chick-fil-AŽ operator, Heather Markley for allowing me to make and post this image.

Chick-fil-AŽ Restaurant, Madison Square Mall, Huntsville, Alabama 35806 (256-837-3721).  Thanks goes to Michael Newton and friend for their co-operation during the making of this photograph.  Photograph by Eric Shindelbower - Sunday, September 29, 2002.

Chick-fil-AŽ empty parking lot - manipulated photograph by Eric Shindelbower.  Photo was made on Sunday, September 8, 2002 at 4733 University Drive, Huntsville, Alabama 35805 (256-837-1315).  Thanks to Chick-fil-AŽ operator, Barry Wesson for allowing me to make and post this image.

Exit 312, Food Sign, I-75 North in Georgia - manipulated photograph by Eric Shindelbower.

Chick-fil-AŽ, Inc.
5200 Buffington Road
Atlanta, GA 30349-2998
(404) 765-8038

Look for S. Truett Cathy's newest book,
Eat Mor Chikin: Inspire More People,

Doing Business the Chick-fil-A Way,
Looking Glass Books, 2002 (1929619-08-1)



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