LEXINGTON, S.C. (March 19, 2018) –Nearly 25 years after it first opened its doors and more than five months after it was closed for a complete rebuild, the original Lexington Chick-fil-A restaurant at 5560 Sunset Boulevard will reopen with the chain’s newest design on March 19.
The re-opening of the restaurant comes as Franchise Owner Michael Tucker celebrates four decades with Chick-fil-A. He and his team look forward to welcoming their returning guests to the restaurant which features the chain’s latest kitchen, dining room and drive-thru innovations. Restaurant guests will appreciate the vintage heritage interior design which includes larger tables in a dining room featuring premium finishes including subway tile and large windows as well as a large gathering table made from reclaimed wood, and a custom light fixture made from recycled Coca-Cola bottles. Other highlights include an updated two-story interactive indoor play area for children and free Wi-Fi.
Customers on the go will find an updated drive-thru system with expanded face-to-face ordering, enhancing the chain’s award-winning drive-thru service.
The expanded features of the new restaurant will provide an even more remarkable experience with the return of 40 Team Members, including Tucker’s full leadership team. Tucker has hired an additional 60 Team Members to reach his goal of 100.
About Operator Michael Tucker
As a resident and Operator of the Chick-fil-A at Lexington for the past 22 years, Tucker has worked alongside of hundreds of amazing Team Members while striving to provide a remarkable experience to hundreds of thousands of guests. This effort has also included being committed to serving the community outside the restaurant.
Tucker’s Chick-fil-A journey began in college when he started working for the man who would eventually become his father-in-law at the Dutch Square Mall Chick-fil-A restaurant in Columbia. Tucker worked at the location for two years while pursuing a psychology degree at the University of South Carolina. Tucker realized early on that the chain’s focus on freshly prepared food, sincere hospitality and mentoring youth fit his entrepreneurial goals. After working with the South Carolina Department of Social Services for three years, Tucker decided he was ready for a change. In 1978, Tucker’s dream of owning his own location was realized when he was named the Operator of the Chick-fil-A where he got his start, He continued to operate locations across the Columbia area until 1997, when Tucker took over the Lexington location where he has been serving his staff and his community ever since. Since then, Tucker, his wife Patricia, and their three sons have planted deep roots into the Lexington community which they have called home for more than two decades.
“For the past 22 years, I have served alongside some incredible team members who’ve become like family,” said Tucker. “They are truly the reason we have been successful in a location we’ve simply outgrown. We feel so honored to be the caretakers of such a gorgeous, new restaurant and look forward to our guests once again walking in, feeling at home and being cared for.”
Tucker’s new nearly 5,000-square-foot restaurant has been designed to enhance all aspects of a guest’s experience from the drive-thru to the counter to in-restaurant dining. Highlights include a:
• two-lane drive-thru merging into a single pick-up point that can handle upwards of 200 cars an hour.
• heritage restaurant design that showcases a vintage-inspired interior with floor-to-ceiling windows and drop pendant lighting.
• convenient way to decrease pick-up time with four Chick-fil-A mobile ordering parking spaces.
• two-story indoor playground with an interactive toddler section.
• dining room with free Wi-Fi and 110 seats, along with a 16-seat outdoor patio.
• full-service menu with a variety of healthy and dietary options and breakfast until 10:30 a.m., and will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Chick-fil-A locations are closed on Sunday to provide a day of rest and time with family and friends for team members.
Additional information about the rebuilt Lexington Chick-fil-A can be found at www.facebook.com/CFAlexington.
About Chick-fil-A, Inc.
Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. is a family owned and privately held restaurant company founded in 1967 by S. Truett Cathy. Devoted to serving the local communities in which its franchised restaurants operate, and known for its original chicken sandwich, Chick-fil-A serves freshly prepared food in more than 2,406 restaurants in 47 states and Washington, D.C. Chick-fil-A reported more than $10 billion in revenue in 2018, which marks 51 consecutive years of sales growth. A leader in customer service satisfaction, consumers voted Chick-fil-A, Inc. fourth out of 100 in Harris Poll’s annual corporate reputation survey in 2018. More information on Chick-fil-A is available at www.chick-fil-a.com.
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