Chick-fil-A Franchise Owner Mandy Cooper will enter an elite group of operators for the chain when she opens her second restaurant in Northridge on May 23, becoming one of only a small percentage of owners selected to operate more than one location.
The new restaurant at the Devonshire & Reseda Shopping Center will bring more than 70 new jobs, a chance for up to 100 adults to win free Chick-fil-A meals for a year, and a children’s book drive benefitting the San Fernando Rescue Mission.
The restaurant, located at 18521 Devonshire St, will feature a family-friendly overnight First 100 party that will pop up in the restaurant parking lot starting at 6 a.m. on May 22, 24 hours before the grand opening. Guests will try to be one of the first 100 adults through the door to win a year of free Chick-fil-A meals. The community event is open to those residing in specific zip codes surrounding the restaurant with details and rules found here.
The Chick-fil-A First 100
A tradition going back more than 14 years, Chick-fil-A’s First 100 celebration has given away more than $34 million in free food through 2017 and continues to be the chain’s signature grand opening event. Rain, snow and extreme temperatures do not deter Chick-fil-A fans who arrive with tents, chairs, TVs and computers to stay entertained.
Each fan hopes to win 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) that will be awarded to the first 100 eligible adults– ages 18 and older with identification – around 5:45 a.m. on May 23. If more than 100 people are onsite when the line officially opens at 6 a.m. on May 22, a drawing will be held to randomly select the First 100. Those chosen will be required to camp out until the grand opening in order to secure their spot.
About Franchise Operator Mandy Cooper
Cooper’s life has been intertwined with Chick-fil-A since she first became a team member at age 15 while living in Tennessee. She continued working at the restaurant while attending East Tennessee State University where she received Chick-fil-A’s Leadership Scholarship. After graduating in 2007, Cooper continued with Chick-fil-A, knowing that the chain’s focus on personalized hospitality, freshly prepared food and having a positive impact in the communities they serve fit her entrepreneurial goals. In 2011 she was named franchise owner of the chain’s first Northridge restaurant at 8875 Tampa Ave. A year later, her Chick-fil-A partnerships with other franchise owners in the greater Los Angeles area brought her to the chain’s Hollywood location where she met her husband, Travis Cooper. The couple now have two young children.
A two-time winner of Chick-fil-A’s highest honor for Its franchise owners, the Symbol of Success, Cooper has made it a priority to create leadership development opportunities for her team members over the years. For three, that has led to Chick-fil-A restaurants of their own, two in San Diego and another in Arizona. Cooper’s 17-year Chick-fil-A career and successes along the way led Chick-fil-A to award her a second Northridge location, making her one of a very small percentage of Chick-fil-A franchise owners to be selected to operator more than one location.
“My vision since opening the Northridge location has been to be a home away from home for the San Fernando Valley,” Cooper said. “My guests and my team have become like family to me over the years and its an incredible honor to expand our opportunity to serve the community we love.”
Children’s Book Drive
Reflective of her passion around making a difference, Cooper is using her opening to invite her First 100 and restaurant guests to participate in a children’s book drive to benefit the San Fernando Rescue Mission. She 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 66,000 books that have been donated to 363 local organizations in 45 states and Washington, D.C.
The new Devonshire & Reseda Chick-fil-A restaurant features a:
–traditional heritage restaurant interior design that showcases handmade, authentic materials for a vintage-inspired interior.
–drive-thru with two ordering lanes and screens to enable customers to move quickly into –single lane for payment and pickup as well as two dedicated Chick-fil-A One mobile ordering curbside parking spots.
–dining room with seating for 48 with outdoor seating for 12.
–full-service menu with a variety of healthy options and breakfast until 10:30 a.m., and will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
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 metro-Los Angeles
Chick-fil-A opened its first metro-Los Angeles restaurant at Santa Monica Place in 1980 and continued to expand into mall locations before opening its first stand-alone location in the metro area, and California, in Irvine in 2004. Today, there are 29 Chick-fil-A restaurants within 25 miles of Los Angeles.
The new Northridge location is the last of three to open in the metro area in May, following locations in Los Angeles and Santa Monica. The three 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 about the new location, visit their Facebook page here.