Houston native Joe Anderson will open metro-Houston’s second Chick-fil-A restaurant next week on Aug. 2, bringing 100 jobs to the area, a chance for up to 100 adults to win free Chick-fil-A meals for a year and the opportunity for the community to donate children’s books to a local youth organization.
The new restaurant at 10225 Almeda Genoa Rd. will celebrate with a special Aug. 1 grand opening Road Trip. The interactive field trip will transport up to 100 participants around the Houston area, completing various activities, in order to earn a year supply of Chick-fil-A meals.
Anderson’s journey to becoming a Chick-fil-A operator has been years in the making. Growing up, his home life was anything but ordinary. Desiring a change and needing an outlet to help him escape his difficult reality, Anderson began running as hobby and soon that interest turned into a passion. Anderson joined the Yates High School track & field team where he went on to receive numerous awards and win several high-level competitions including participating in the Junior Olympics for three consecutive years. His hard work, dedication and talent earned him a scholarship at Sam Houston State University where his dream was to participate in the 2016 Summer Olympics– a dream that went unrealized after a career-ending injury. Anderson did not let the injury detour his educational goals and persevered to change the trajectory of his life when he went on to graduate with a double major in marketing and management.
During college, Anderson learned of Chick-fil-A and discovered the chain’s focus on freshly prepared food, genuine hospitality and positively impacting the community matched his own entrepreneurial goals. He set his sights on Chick-fil-A and started his career as a team member at the 59 & West Airport Chick-fll-A restaurant under the mentorship of franchise owner Royce Ballard. Anderson worked there with increasing responsibilities, learning the business from the inside for the next four years before joining Chick-fil-A’s corporate leadership development staff. Anderson spent the next two years moving around the country working as an interim manager and helping franchise owners open new locations, spending a significant time as the interim manager at the Houston-area Richmond Avenue Chick-fil-A location. His success and dedication to the brand was recognized when he was awarded the I-45 & Almeda location. Anderson is grateful for this opportunity to continue to serve the area and community he loves in a more significant way.
“My team members and I can’t wait to serve guests within the Houston community as we’re not just in the chicken business, we’re in the people business,” said Anderson. “I have a deep love for the people of Houston and I look forward to growing my team members in leadership and purpose so they can provide customers with a remarkable experience by serving freshly prepared food, with healthy options, and with sincere hospitality.”
Children’s Book Drive
Reflective of his passion around making a difference in the communities he serves, Anderson is using his opening to invite his First 100 and restaurant guests to participate in a children’s book drive to benefit a local youth organization. He will be collecting new and gently used children’s books through grand opening week to be placed in a nearly 3-foot Book House, built from reclaimed wood. Since 2014, Chick-fil-A has collected more than 70,000 books that have been donated to 341 local organizations in 45 states and Washington, D.C.
The nearly 5,000-square-foot I-45 & Almeda Chick-fil-A restaurant features a:
· traditional heritage restaurant interior design that showcases handmade, authentic materials for a vintage-inspired interior, including a large gathering table made from reclaimed wood and a light fixture made from recycled Coca-Cola bottles.
· drive-thru with dual ordering lanes and screens to enable customers to move quickly into a single lane for payment and pickup
· convenient inside pick-up counter designated for Chick-fil-A One mobile orders and a dining room with seating for 108 with additional outdoor patio seating for eight.
· full-service menu with a variety of healthy options and breakfast until 10:30 a.m., and will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Like all Chick-fil-A locations, it will be closed on Sunday to provide a day of rest and time with family and friends for team members.
Chick-fil-A in Houston
Chick-fil-A opened its first Houston location more than 40 years ago in 1978 in Westwood Mall. The I-45 & Almeda Chick-fil-A opening along with two additional openings in the coming weeks, including Beltway & Hammerly Blvd. and Spencer Hwy. and Burke Road locations will bring the number of metro—Houston openings to eight and nearly 21 in the state this year alone. The openings are among the 129 Chick-fil-A locations scheduled to open this year across the country, creating more than 12,000 new jobs. For more information on the Chick-fil-A at I-45 & Almeda, visit Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/cfaalmeda/.
Chick-fil-A Road Trip Celebration
Chick-fil-A’s First 100 campouts have given away more than $34 million in free food through 2017 and continue to be the chain’s signature event to celebrate the opening of a new location. However, this Chick-fil-A grand opening celebration will not involve any overnight activities. Instead, up to 100 eligible participants, 18 years and older, can start gathering shortly before 6 a.m. on Aug. 1 to register and immediately participate in a unique grand opening event.
Designed to be an impactful experience on many levels, the First 100 Road Trip will take participants around the Houston area on a chartered bus while spending approximately six hours being engaged in activities to serve their community and give back to local organizations. The group will return to the new I-45 & Almeda restaurant around 4:30 p.m. to continue the celebration until about 5 p.m. when participants will each be awarded a digital offer card loaded with a one-year supply of free Chick-fil-A meals (52 meals with each consisting of a Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich, medium Waffle Potato Fries and a medium beverage).
Registration will be held at the restaurant that morning from 6 a.m. until 8:30 a.m., Aug. 1, or until 100 eligible participants are reached, whichever comes first. If more than 100 people are onsite when the line opens at 6 a.m., a drawing will be held to randomly select 100 guests who will participate in the event, which will last until approximately 5 p.m. The community event is open to guests residing in specific zip codes surrounding the restaurant with details and rules found at
Houston native’s life-changing journey to Chick-fil-A franchise ownership