Chick-fil-A in Joliet to open Thursday

Popular franchise to offer drive-thru service and mobile curbside pickup

The popular franchise Chick-fil-A will open in Joliet will this Thursday.

Features at the Joliet location include a multi-lane drive-thru, contactless ordering and payment through the Chick-fil-A mobile app.

The franchise owner of Chick-fil-A Joliet is Kris Yoder, an Illinois native, and he is excited to serve the Joliet community, he said in a news release from Chick-fil-A.

“My hope is that this restaurant will become a place where people can come to grow and leave inspired to take good care of others,” Yoder said in the release.

The new location at 2705 Plainfield Road will offer drive-thru service and mobile curbside pickup from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Chick-fil-A restaurants are closed on Sundays, a decision founder Truett Cathy made when he opened his first restaurant in Georgia in 1946, according to the Chick-fil-A website.

Truett had previously worked seven days a week in restaurants that remained open around the clock. So Truett felt it was important for him and his employees to have one day a week for “rest and worship,” if those chose to honor Sunday that way, the website also said.

Third-party delivery will also be offered shortly after the opening.

Instead of a grand opening celebration, the Joliet location will identify 100 local heroes to surprise with free Chick-fil-A for a year. Details will be announced on the Chick-fil-A Joliet on Facebook page, the release said.

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Denise M. Baran-Unland

Denise M. Baran-Unland is the features editor for The Herald-News in Joliet. She covers a variety of human interest stories. She also writes the long-time weekly tribute feature “An Extraordinary Life about local people who have died. She studied journalism at the College of St. Francis in Joliet, now the University of St. Francis.