Chick-Fil-A was started in 1946 by S. Truett Cathy with the opening of the Dwarf Grill (now called the Dwarf House) in the Atlanta suburb of Hapeville, Georgia. In 1961, Cathy discovered a pressure cooker that could make a chicken sandwich as fast as a hamburger and Chick-Fil-A was born.
In 1967, the first Chick-Fil-A opened in the Greenbriar Mall in Atlanta. The chain expanded quickly in the 70s and 80s by opening locations in suburban mall food courts. In 1986, the first freestanding location was opened. The company continued to expand with mostly freestanding locations for the rest of the 80s and 90s.
In 2008, Chick-Fil-A became the first fast-food restaurant to go completely trans-fat free. While many locations are franchised, the company retains ownership rights. Founder S. Truett Cathy was a devout Southern Baptist who began taking Sundays off because he was tired. The store has kept this mantra ever since.
The company has donated more than $5 million to groups that fight against same-sex marriage. This changed in November 2019 when the company announced that it would withdraw its support of anti-LGBTQ groups and instead focus on homelessness, education, and hunger. This decision seems to have angered both sides.
Chick-Fil-A currently has over 2,363 locations in 39 US states, Mexico and the Philippines. The Chick-Fil-A corporate office is located in College Park, Georgia.