Chick-fil-A is taking its roost international as the fried chicken fast food chain revealed its first Canadian location Wednesday.
President and COO Tim Tassopoulos announced a new restaurant will open in Toronto in 2019, calling it “one of the best and most vibrant cities in North America.”
“We are looking forward to putting down real roots and becoming a part of this dynamic and diverse city,” Tassopoulos said in an open letter. Tassopoulos added that Chick-fil-A had spent "years researching cities around the world" before settling on Toronto.
Chick-fil-A has already published a “guide” for Canadians who might have some questions about the Atlanta, Georgia-based franchise – including information about the infamous waffle fries, how to pronounce the restaurant's name, and an explanation of its policy on remaining closed on Sundays.
After that first location is opened, Chick-fil-A plans to open about 15 additional restaurants in the area over a span of five years.
“The [greater Toronto area] is important to Chick-fil-A in terms of our growth because we know that it’s a community that is thriving economically, that does have strong culture that’s there,” Tassopoulos said in a video message. “We feel like there’s a great opportunity, and we think we’ll be able to really engage in the community in Toronto.”
Earlier this month, Chick-fil-A announced it would open its first Hawaii location. The chain already has more than 2,300 restaurants in 47 states.