Chick-fil-A Caps Off 2006 With Record Sales and Business Performance

ATLANTA--()--2006 was a banner year for the Chick-fil-A® restaurant chain!

On the heels of achieving the $2 billion annual sales milestone in November, Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. today announced year-end 2006 system-wide sales of $2,274,860,241. These figures reflect a 15.16 percent increase over the chains 2005 performance and a same-store sales increase of 8.52.

Currently the nations second-largest quick-service chicken restaurant chain in sales, Chick-fil-As business performance marks the 39th consecutive year the chain has enjoyed a system-wide sales gain a streak the company has sustained since opening its first chain restaurant in 1967. It took the chain 33 years to reach $1 billion in annual sales (in 2000) and only six years to surpass the $2 billion sales mark.

The companys 2006 sales performance complemented a number of business highlights, including:

  • The introduction of four flavors of Hand-Spun Milkshakes, resulting in one of the most popular new product introductions in company history.
  • Continued restaurant expansion with a chain record of 73 new locations.
  • Seventeen percent of the chains franchisee Operator network received new cars, with 164 restaurant Operators reaching their sales award goals and, thus, receiving the new Ford vehicle of their choice.
  • Introduction of re-loadable, no-fee Chick-fil-A Card.
  • Hosted inaugural Chick-fil-A Bowl college football game, setting a Georgia Dome attendance record of 75,406 the third-highest attended of the 32 bowl games (behind the BCS Rose and Sugar Bowls). The Chick-fil-A Bowl also continues to lead all bowls in charitable giving, contributing $531,000 this year.
  • Restaurants and Institutions magazine named Chick-fil-A its 2006 Consumer Choice in Chains Award winner in the chicken category marking the 12th time the chain has received the award over the past 13 years.

We thank the Lord for his continued blessings on our business, and were also thankful for the commitment and dedication of our Chick-fil-A restaurant Operators who attract wonderful team members who strive to go above and beyond our customers expectations with warm, friendly service and gracious hospitality, said Chick-fil-A President and Chief Operating Officer Dan T. Cathy.

The Chain plans to surpass it 2006 record of 73 restaurant openings by adding 90 locations this year, including 70 stand-alone restaurants, five mall/in-line locations and 15 licensed operations (e.g. college campuses, airports and hospitals). Much of Chick-fil-As growth will continue into California and Arizona, two states in which the chain has aggressively focused over the past couple of years.

As Chick-fil-A continues its steady momentum of growth, its foundation as a family owned restaurant chain remains intact. Chain founder Truett Cathy celebrated his 60th anniversary in the restaurant business in 2006 with industry-wide recognition; a local celebration at his first restaurant, The Dwarf House, in Hapeville, Ga.; and the opening of the third Truetts Grill® location a concept the chain first introduced in 1996 to recognize Cathys then-50th anniversary in the restaurant industry.

And in the same year that Truett Cathy celebrated the past six decades in business, Chick-fil-A also celebrated the future of Chick-fil-A by welcoming its third generation of Cathy family members to the business in 2006. Two of Cathys grandsons, Andrew Cathy and Mark Cathy, opened new restaurants in St. Petersburg, Fla. and San Marcos, Calif., respectively.

About Chick-fil-A Inc.

Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc., the nations second-largest quick-service chicken restaurant chain (based on sales), currently has nearly 1,300 restaurants in 37 states and Washington D.C. Credited with inventing the boneless breast of chicken sandwich and first introducing the chicken nugget concept, Chick-fil-A serves nutritious and freshly prepared food products in mall locations, stand-alone restaurants, drive-thru-only restaurants, Chick-fil-A Dwarf House® and Truetts Grill® full-service restaurants, and through licensed outlets in college campuses, hospitals, airports, businesses and industrial sites. More information about Chick-fil-A is available on the chains websites, located at www.chick-fil-a.com, www.chick-fil-apressroom.com or www.truettcathy.com.

Contacts

Chick-fil-A, Inc.
Mark Baldwin, 404-684-8598
or
Jerry Johnston, 404-765-8174
or
Cohn, Overstreet & Parrish
Sonia Fuller, 404-961-2223

Contacts

Chick-fil-A, Inc.
Mark Baldwin, 404-684-8598
or
Jerry Johnston, 404-765-8174
or
Cohn, Overstreet & Parrish
Sonia Fuller, 404-961-2223