Chick-fil-A announces 10th restaurant in Canada to open on Thursday, July 6 at CF Shops at Don Mills in Toronto
Chick-fil-A will donate $US25,000 to local non-profit organizations
TORONTO, ON (JUNE 29, 2023) – Chick-fil-A® is set to open its 10th restaurant in Canada on Thursday, July 6, located at 1066 Don Mills Rd., Toronto, in the CF Shops at Don Mills property. Chick-fil-A Shops at Don Mills will be open for dine-in, pick-up and third-party delivery from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The restaurant will seat 40 guests inside the dining room and include a spacious outdoor patio with 50 seats, where guests will experience a tableside service model unique to Chick-fil-A Shops at Don Mills.
Chick-fil-A has selected Chick-fil-A Yorkdale Shopping Centre Owner/Operator Austin Harrison as the independent franchised Owner/Operator of Chick-fil-A Shops at Don Mills. Harrison will also become Chick-fil-A's first multi-restaurant Owner/Operator in Canada.
Locally owned and operated
As full-time, hands-on leaders in their restaurants and communities, Chick-fil-A Owner/Operators proudly reside in the areas in which they serve.
At Chick-fil-A Shops at Don Mills, Harrison will be responsible for all day-to-day activities of the business, including employing approximately 75 full- and part-time Team Members, serving guests and cultivating relationships with local organizations and businesses. Harrison is excited for the opportunity to extend his impact in the Toronto area, where he is committed to creating a remarkable experience for his guests. He is also passionate about providing jobs to the community and has cultivated partnerships with several local employment organizations that strive to empower and provide opportunities to youth.
“Toronto is a vibrant, multicultural city with a very talented workforce,” said Harrison. “A portion of the skilled individuals who work at Chick-fil-A Yorkdale Shopping Centre will bring their expertise to Chick-fil-A Shops at Don Mills. I am tremendously proud to continue offering Team Members competitive pay and benefits as well as training and leadership opportunities. I’m also passionate about providing our signature hospitality to all of our guests and look forward to serving the community.”
Quality ingredients, delicious food
Chick-fil-A restaurants focus on serving customers great-tasting food made with quality ingredients. Chick-fil-A restaurants serve chicken raised without antibiotics, in accordance with its stringent Animal Wellbeing Standards. Many items on the menu are hand-prepared daily and fresh produce is delivered up to six times per week. Learn more about Chick-fil-A’s delicious menu here.
Impacting the community
Since 2020, Chick-fil-A has donated more than US$1.125 million to local hunger-relief organizations through Second Harvest. Second Harvest is Canada’s largest food rescue organization and reduces the environmental impact of food waste by redistributing surplus edible food from across the supply chain to non-profits throughout the country. For each new restaurant that opens in Canada, including this new location at Shops at Don Mills, Chick-fil-A will donate US$25,000 to local charitable organizations through Second Harvest.
“Chick-fil-A's charitable impact and commitment to reducing food insecurity cannot be over-stated,” Lori Nikkel, CEO, Second Harvest said. “With every new Canadian restaurant that opens, they help to reach more people in more communities across the country. Both through surplus food donations, but also with these significant US$25,000 commitments, Chick-fil-A is a very valued partner that has impacted millions of Canadians in only a few short years!”
Harrison’s restaurant will also be participating in Chick-fil-A Shared Table™, an initiative that redirects surplus food from the restaurant to local soup kitchens, shelters, food banks and non-profits in need. Chick-fil-A Shops at Don Mills will do its part to reduce food waste in its kitchen with a “cook less, more often” approach, reducing the amount of food that goes unserved. When there is surplus food, Chick-fil-A Shops at Don Mills will donate it to a local non-profit organization. To date, more than 20 million meals have been served from Chick-fil-A Shared Table donations.
Team member investment
Chick-fil-A franchised Operators strive to hire, equip and retain top talent, while providing a great work environment for people of all ages and backgrounds. From opportunities for hands-on training and mentoring, competitive pay and benefits, and the chance to apply for scholarships to support continued education, Operators are committed to preparing their team for the future, wherever it may lead. To learn more about careers at Chick-fil-A, click here.
Our growth in Canada
Chick-fil-A is proud of its growth in Canada, now with a total of 10 restaurants: Yonge & Bloor, Yorkdale Shopping Centre, Kitchener, Scarborough Town Centre, Devonshire, Queen Street West, Rutherford Rd & Hwy 400, North Barrie, Toronto Eaton Centre and Shops at Don Mills. Chick-fil-A will expand its long-term investment in Canada, growing to a total of 20 stores by 2025, with plans to open seven to ten restaurants per year thereafter. Chick-fil-A Square One Shopping Centre is slated to open later this summer, with new restaurants under construction in Oshawa and London. The company is looking for people who are passionate about the work of serving great food and providing exceptional hospitality in a fast-paced environment as independent franchised Owners/Operators of Chick–fil–A restaurant businesses. Learn more about franchising opportunities by visiting our Franchising page.
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About Chick-fil-A, Inc.
Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. is a restaurant company known for the Original Chick-fil-A® Chicken Sandwich and signature hospitality. Represented by more than 190,000 Team Members, Operators and Staff, Chick-fil-A® restaurants serve guests freshly prepared food at more than 2,800 restaurants in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. The family-owned and privately held restaurant company was founded in 1967 by S. Truett Cathy and is committed to serving the local communities in which its franchised restaurants operate.
Known for its leadership and growth opportunities, in 2022 Chick-fil-A was named a Best Employer in America by Forbes and a top company for career opportunities for Black employees by Glassdoor. The company was also awarded the Employee’s Choice by Glassdoor honoring top CEOs and was named a Culture 500 Culture Champion in 2020. A leader in customer service, Chick-fil-A was named QSR magazine’s Drive-Thru Restaurant of the Year in 2021. More information on Chick-fil-A is available at www.chick-fil-a.ca and @ChickfilANews.