Chick-fil-A will open its newest Franklin restaurant at 203 Lathram Lane on Feb. 19, bringing its handcrafted food and award-winning customer service, commitment to community engagement and hands-on mentoring for nearly 120 newly hired team members.
Having served the Franklin community for the past 18 years as a Chick-fil-A franchise owner, Berry Farms Operator Jeanne Hammontree knows all about the chicken and hospitality business. She joins a handful of Chick-fil-A operators who own two standalone Chick-fil-A restaurants, including her south Franklin location she helped open a decade ago.
Hammontree’s first experience with the hospitality industry came at the young age of 10 when, as a self-taught unicyclist, she rode in local parades and performed at parties and local fundraising events. After graduating from Dalton College in north Georgia and becoming a mother to two young girls, she started a party business focused on delivering fun and happiness to children and was joined by her husband, Richard, as the business continued to expand.
Hammontree heard Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy speak at her local chamber of commerce meeting and fell in love with the business model of serving fresh food with genuine hospitality. In 2001, she applied to become an operator, hoping to have the chance to continue influencing young people’s lives and help them achieve their dreams.
During the application process, she met Dan Cathy and his son while serving shaved ice at a local motorcycle race. Captivated by their enthusiasm for life, the experience confirmed her desire to align herself with the brand.
In 2002, Hammontree put down deep roots in the Franklin community when she was named operator of the Chick-fil-A at CoolSprings Galleria. Her husband has served by her side from day one, and they were joined by their two daughters when they became old enough. Today, that family support has grown to her son-in-law who helps in the day-to-day restaurant operations.
“I am looking forward to expanding my opportunity to care for and serve the Franklin community both inside and outside my restaurants,” Hammontree said. “I am committed to influencing young lives and developing my 220 team members at both restaurants as together we serve craveable food and provide a remarkable experience to our guests in a fast, friendly environment.”
Hammontree’s 4,995-square-foot restaurant has been designed to enhance all aspects of a guest’s experience from the drive-thru to the counter to in-restaurant dining. Highlights include:
• dual-lane drive-thru merging into a single pick-up point that can handle upwards of 200 cars an hour. The location also has environment-controlled canopies and an access door in the drive-thru to better meet the needs of guests during the outside face-to-face ordering experience.
• heritage restaurant design that showcases a vintage-inspired interior with floor-to-ceiling windows and drop pendant lighting.
• 114-seat dining room with a two-story indoor playground and free Wi-Fi, along with a 16-seat outdoor patio.
• full-service menu with a variety of healthy and dietary options and breakfast until 10:30 a.m., and will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Chick-fil-A locations are closed on Sunday.
First 100 Campout
The overnight, 12-hour grand opening First 100 Campout party includes engaging activities for participants who will enjoy eating a Chick-fil-A meal during the countdown to the opening. At that time, upwards of 100 adults will win a digital offer card for a year 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).
Participants can gather at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 18 for registration that begins in the restaurant parking lot at 6 p.m.
The community event is open to guests surrounding the restaurant with a list of eligible zip codes and complete rules found at https://thechickenwire.chick-fil-a.com/News/Future-Openings.
Chick-fil-A in Nashville
Nashville’s first Chick-fil-A opened more than 40 years ago in 1978 at Hickory Hollow Mall. The Berry Farms Chick-fil-A will be the fifth location in Franklin and the second to open within six months, following the August opening on Highway 96.
For more information about the Berry Farms restaurant, visit Facebook at www.facebook.com/Berry-Farms-Chick-Fil-A-1068691064133.