The application-to-acceptance ratio for Chick-fil-A franchisees of 60,000 to 80 is incredible. Those 80 people who make it every year must be incredibly hard core; the Navy Seals of fast food franchisees.
My first job beyond paper route was Chick-fil-a. Enjoyed the job and had a good boss, but the “Christian values” statement is no joke. I was heavily recruited into his contemporary church. It was cultish. If I ran a franchise location it would be very hard to give up Sunday profits. That can only be effective based on religion.
Very true that “owners” work 60 hr weeks and are very hands on. One of my close friends ultimately became a franchise owner. He was very bright, but had some tough luck growing up. It was legit that he was groomed and brought into the fold by the corporation, even if it meant playing trumpet at church on that day off. The low acceptance rate is probably best described by how carefully they chose people who align with their values.
Wow that's nuts! Even more surprising is that their model seems to be working. Very interesting company.
Fantastic! What an eye opener. I’ll never look at a fast food business the same again. Once, out of desperation while in high school, I applied to Wendy’s for summer employment. When they pulled out the uniform I had to wear, very similar to Wendy herself, I withdrew my application! The Chick-fil-A down here in Wellington, Florida is always packed, with long lines of cars wrapped around the building like coils. We thought it was a fluke until we realized it’s always that insane. I would think getting good employees at such establishments a complete and utter nightmare. I mean we are usually talking about teenagers. If I owned a place, I’d hire as many retirees as applied. They seem more appreciative of the job and respectful of rules of employment. They may move slower but at least they show up and are not on their phones.
You see fast food places all over super poor communities, and you know that nobody nearby is worth the million dollars necessary to own those chains. It’s a bit sinister. I think I like the Chick-fil-A model. I love Sundays off.
Wow the risks of owning a fast food franchise are high.
Fascinating! Great find.