The Chick-fil-A franchise is the third largest fast-food franchise, and the largest franchise offering chicken in America. The company operates 2,000 franchises across 46 states. If you want to enter the quick-service restaurant industry and operate your own Chick-fil-A franchise, you can expect to pay an initial investment of $10,000. With its emphasis on family, and its early reputation for outspoken Christian values, the company has invited some controversy while still being able to attract broad American appeal. For example, there have been boycotts of the company due to the owner's views on traditional marriage. The restaurant serves breakfast before transitioning to its lunch and dinner menu and also offers customers catered selections from its menu for special events.  


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Chick-fil-A Franchise Cost and Requirements for 2022


The fast-food industry is a billion-dollar business responsible for countless jobs and economic activity. In terms of quick-service restaurants (QSR), there is stiff competition to see who gets the most sales and social media traction. In fact, there is a "Chicken War" between the major QSRs like McDonalds, Wendy's and Burger King. Additionally, one of the most popular restaurants in the world and number three QSR in the U.S. is Chick-fil-A. The company supports its franchisees with a by a strong brand that is growing and seeking new team members to carry on the founder, S. Truett Cathy's philosophy of serving quality food and giving back to the community. Founded by Truett Cathy in Hapeville, Georgia in 1946, Chick-fil-A has expanded to 1900 locations in 42 states.

Based in Atlanta, GA, the franchise is still family owned and privately held. Each year, thousands of entrepreneurs apply for a Chick-fil-A franchise but only a handful will actually receive the opportunity. 
Those looking to franchise with Chick-fil-A should be looking for a full-time business opportunity and have a proven leadership track record. Ideal candidates will be successful at managing their personal finances and should be interested in growing a business while having no other active business ventures. The company is planning to expand across the American Midwest and Mountain states, as well as in the Northeast, California, Texas and Florida. As a stipulation with owning a Chick-fil-A, the restaurants must remain closed on Sundays for religious observance. This makes Chick-fil-A different for its competition, as it values principals over profit.  

Company Details

Company Founded: 1967
Franchising Since: 1987
Franchise Enterprises: 2400
Corporate Location: Atlanta, Georgia


Support and Training Offered By Chick-fil-A

In terms of training, franchises, or operators, can expect initial training for five to six weeks at the Atlanta headquarters. This training will cover food preparation, accounting, service, communications, marketing and more.

2022 Franchise Requirements Needed to Own a Chick-fil-A Franchise.

What does a Chick-fil-A Franchise Cost?

Chick-fil-A franchise fees for 2022:

Starting Investments From: $342,990
Initial Franchise Fee: $10,000
Opening Inventory: $14,850 - $63,715

Is Chick-fil-A a Semi Absentee Franchise with a Passive Ownership Opportunity?

No. Chick-fil-A is not a semi absentee franchise. The owner of the franchise (the franchisee) is expected to be involved in all aspects of day-to-day operations.

Is Chick-fil-A a Home Based franchise?

No. Chick-fil-A is not a home based franchise opportunity.

What Do Chick-fil-A Franchise Owners Make?

Click here to find out how much Chick-fil-A franchisees make. Chick-fil-A offers an Item 19 in their Franchise Disclosure Document which provides financial information about select franchisees in their franchise system.

Does Chick-fil-A Work with E2 Visa and EB-5 Visa Candidates?

No. Chick-fil-A franchise does not work with E2 Visa and EB-5 Visa candidates.

Is Chick-fil-A Looking for Franchisees in Canada?

Yes. Chick-fil-A franchise is looking for Canada franchisees.

Is Chick-fil-A Looking for International franchisees?

No. Chick-fil-A franchise is not looking for International franchisees.

Additional Information

Additional Categories

Food & Restaurants

Number of Units Open

100+ UNITS

Cash Required

More than $250,000

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International Franchise Opportunities


E2 Visa Franchise


Chick-fil-A Franchises for Sale

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