Chick-fil-A Plans 78 New Stores This Year

Published on January 12, 2010 | Comments: 0
Fast food chicken chain Chick-fil-A, Inc. intends to open 78 new stores during 2010. A stand-alone restaurant in Yorba Linda, CA will mark the chain’s first new store of 2010 when it open Thursday, January 14. Chick-fil-A says it will create 4,500 new jobs as a result of the store openings. The retailer, which currently operates more than 1,480 locations in 38 states and Washington, D.C., added 80 stores in 2009. In addition, Chick-fil-A reported $3 billion in sales for the first time last year. It is shaping up to be a busy year for Chick-fil-A. In addition to releasing plans for opening 78 new stores, the retailer is also adding new coffee and breakfast items to its menu this year. Chick-Fil-A is replacing its proprietary Coffeehouse Light and Bistro Dark coffee blends with a new 100% Colombian proprietary blend known as House Roast. In addition to revamping its coffee offering, Chick-Fil-A is also introducing a new low-fat yogurt parfait breakfast item. A number of other fast food and quick service retailers are also planning to expand in the coming year. McDonald’s recently announced it plans to add 1,000 new stores and reimage another 2,300 existing stores worldwide this year. In addition, Yum Brands, a global fast food conglomerate operating more than 36,000 restaurants in 110 countries, is predicting growth in 2010. During 2010, Yum intends to add 1,400 new stores in mainland China and internationally.

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