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Got $5000 laying around? Then you can forget the burgers and throw your money down on a license to operate a Chick-Fil-A. But get in line. Chick-Fil-A only gives about 75 of the 10,000 applicants per year the right to operate a franchise, and along with this right comes strict stipulations.

Your store will be closed on Sunday to give employees a day off to rest or worship. You will not own the property upon which the store sits, nor will you be allowed to select your location. Investment information is conspicuously missing from the company’s website as well as the net, but good credit with a proven business track record will get you considered for a franchise. You will have to surender a whopping 50% of the monthly net profits.

If you looking for a low cost franchise and low on cash, maybe Chick-Fil-A is the way to go. As long as you don't mind giving away 50% of the net profits (income after expenses.) You may feel more like a Chick-Fil-A employee, but you are only risking the $5000 franchise fee.

May 22, 2009 at 4:58 pm
(1) Joel Libava says:

Hi Don,
A weird franchise model, huh? As long as it works for them, It’s ok, right?

Tough for industry folks like me to wrap my arms around.

The Franchise King
Joel Libava

January 5, 2010 at 4:24 pm
(2) dan stewart says:

let me get this straight…you only pay 5000 for the right to operate/manage/own your own business….in a great location on a corner lot you can pay 1,000,000 dollars. the lot..the building is around 800,000 the equipment is around 300,000…..for a grand total of 2.3 million dollars, and your outlay is only 5000 sounds like a great way to get started and stay with a company for life…..i know a few operators who after its all split with Chick-fil-a they earn between 125,000-225,000 a year….and once they get the restauarant up and running properly they work about 35 hours a week……..most franchisees/operators/owners work there butts off and don’t make that kind of money…..you really need to do your homework, before you blast Chick-fil-a……

June 5, 2010 at 7:33 pm
(3) James says:

I agree 100% with the comment right above me. The Chick-Fil-A operators can make excellent money. Even significantly more than $225,000 per year. Plus you can operate more than 1 location, if you are afforded the opportunity. In addition to this, who really cares if you have to pay 50% back to Chick-Fil-A. At the end of the day you make a tremendous living.

July 19, 2010 at 8:37 am
(4) Angelica says:

What is the contact address of Chik-Fila to contact them to apply for a franchise?

September 2, 2010 at 9:44 am
(5) Brett says:

Angelica, if you can not find the contact address on your own i doubt you can get a franchise!

October 15, 2010 at 2:49 am
(6) Elijah Martin, III says:

I agree 100% with the comment right above me.

November 13, 2010 at 10:54 am
(7) patrick says:

seriously! I can’t find the link either. JK

December 1, 2010 at 12:28 pm
(8) joseph says:

Anybody has operated a Chik Fil A themselves? Could you leave your email address please.? I would like to ask a few questions from someone who has done it before.


December 24, 2010 at 4:12 pm
(9) kenny says:

I was just turned down by Chick Fil A and they do not have a location within 25 minutes of me in Nashville.
They are very selective.

December 31, 2010 at 2:53 pm
(10) Amy says:

Kenny, would you mind posting your email so we could converse. I was seriously thinking about this and was wondering why they turned you down.

January 2, 2011 at 2:38 pm
(11) Nickalus says:

Amy or Kenny, please email me at my first name at gmail. It’s interesting that so many folks are interested in chic fil a around the same time. I’m in CA and wondering why there isn’t one within 50 miles of me in a major urban and polycultural area. I grew up in the South where it’s a ubiquitous franchise that I loved all my life. I agree with the comments that’s it seems to be a good living. Didnt realize they won’t let you select the location. Do you know if they only consider you for operator near your address? I’d love to speak with either of you. Especially you, Kenny, and hear more about your experience. Thanks for sharing.

January 3, 2011 at 11:15 am
(12) Kellie K says:


All you have to do to get the information is go to chickfila.com.

January 3, 2011 at 11:27 pm
(13) Leslie says:

If you are really interested in Chick Fil-A, then you should research it on your own, rather than listening to this guy… S. Truett Cathey has several books out there on his success, not to mention if you read their history and background, you would know that in order to become one of the Chick Fil-A operators (franchise owner/operator), they prefer to appoint from within. This way they are investing in one of their own employees who had faith in their business to begin with. Not to mention, someone that they have seen firsthand at work and a notable employee with morals as they have. It would be a blessing and a wonderful opportunity for someone…. however, one that is not to be taken lightly. :)

January 27, 2011 at 10:51 am
(14) karen smith says:

Someone really needs to open one up in Sandusky Ohio. There is one in Cedar Point (an amusement park) but we need one in town, theres a great location in front of the mall. Anyone??

February 19, 2011 at 12:02 am
(15) thomas 2244 says:

Not to burst anyones bubble but chick fil a is a tough franchise to get into last year in 2010 they receieved about 20,000 emails of people just like you who claimed to be interested in operating their own chick fil a. out of the 20,000 they only let about 5,000 people apply for the position and out of that 5,000 only 2,500 actually submitted the application… now wait it gets better out of the 2,500 that submitted the aplication only 64 were chosen to be owner operators. I am currently working for Chick Fil A and want to be an operator as well,
good luck guys and girls and dont forget that i said tough not impossible…..
anything can be done through faith in god.

March 30, 2011 at 11:57 am
(16) Peter says:

Hello my fellow entrepreneurs!

How many of you work for chick-fil-a now? If I worked for this franchise and was ambitious enough to want to own my own one day…then I would ask every Chick-fil-a owner why and how they were selected or shall I say were called to be “the chosen one”??? I own my company now, actually have two now and would love to own a few of these chic-fil-a some dollars in my pockets myself!

Feel free to email me if anyone would like to do a joint venture together!

Take care and God Bless!

Peter Gunn
(916) 206-3300

“Specializing in helping people change their life by changing their coffee resulting in a more healthy & wealthy lifestyle”

June 16, 2011 at 11:56 pm
(17) Davey says:

Peter I work for Chick-fil-A and you cannot just “pick up some extra dollars” We want committed people working for us.

August 6, 2011 at 2:02 am
(18) John says:

I too work for Chick-fil-a. It is a great company. True to what Davey said, this company is looking for some committed people. I am only a team member so correct me if I am wrong on this statement, Davey. What I translate “looking for committed people” to mean is this: The company is not some company that just gives out franchises. The ones that get franchises are the ones who actually want to make a living out of Chick-fil-a. If anyone could get a franchise, all 10,000 people would get one… Not just the 75 that are handpicked. Personally, I am thankful to work for a company that handpicks their operators. This means that the operators are the best of the best.

August 28, 2011 at 9:04 pm
(19) Jd says:

Who pays for all the food and materials for startup?

September 20, 2011 at 4:38 pm
(20) O-I-C says:

@JD – Well that’s the most important question that no one seems to realize. They have a $5000 franchise fee, which is a very low franchise fee compared to most others. But, the franchise fee is just the beginning.

If you are awarded a franchise, you’ll also have to pay for rent, building, equipment, food, etc. I suspect you’ll need around $175,000 – $250,000 to get started.

December 18, 2011 at 11:46 pm
(21) Sean says:

Chick-fil-a’s website gives contrary information to the above poster. The website says that Chick-fil-a pays for the building and equipment, not the Operator.

Chick-fil-a then recoups that investment by charging the operator about 65% of after tax profit.

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July 15, 2012 at 10:44 pm
(25) Rob says:

I was looking into this, but that is so stupid. Not own the property, and not select the location. I understand closing on Sunday. But also, giving up 50% of your profit. There is no freedom in it. I would rather pay 100k and have freedom of where to put it, and not have to pay rent, and get atleast 80% of the profit

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(33) William says:

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August 31, 2012 at 8:22 am
(37) Tommy says:

Does Chick-Fil-A franchise outside of the USA?
If not are they looking into this?

I am in South Africa – excellent opportunity here

September 3, 2012 at 8:32 pm
(38) JO says:

I have looked into franchise information, also.
I came to the conclusion, it is best to do your own thing. You own it. You set the standards. You will do everything anyway. Just do it yourself and forget franchise stores.

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