After 1.5 years waiting impatiently for Chick-fil-A's first Reno location, residents must wait a little longer to get their nuggs. But not that much longer.
The South McCarran Chick-fil-A fast food chicken restaurant, projected to open in late May, is among 102 Chick-fil-A locations that will open this year, creating nearly 9,000 new jobs across the country.
Ryan Smith, named franchise owner of the restaurant under construction at 6365 S. McCarran Blvd., first joined the chain as part of the leadership team of a Florida franchise after graduating with a degree in business and economics from Wheaton College in Illinois. After two years in that role, he spent the next two travelling around the country, supporting franchise owners as they opened new locations.
From among the 27,000 applicants Chick-fil-A receives each year for about 100 locations, Smith was selected to pioneer the brand in Nevada where the first three locations opened in metro Las Vegas earlier this year.
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“My wife Danielle and I couldn’t be more excited to finally open the doors of Reno’s first Chick-fil-A,” Smith said in a news release. “We know the community has been waiting a long time and we can’t wait to welcome and serve our first guests.”
Smith, who will be involved in the day-to-day operation of the new restaurant, is hiring 130 team members and applications are currently being accepted at www.renocfa.com.
He is looking to hire full-time and part-time positions to work in all areas of the restaurant, including leadership positions focused on talent, training and administrative support. Among other benefits that include scholarships for continuing education, Chick-fil-A restaurant team members get Sundays off.
In December, another permit was filed to start construction of a second Chick-fil-A around the Outlets at Sparks. Chick-fil-A has not yet confirmed their plans. But they didn't for this restaurant either, so it's no surprise. If the timeline of the first store is any indication, the second one may or may not open next spring.
More information about the first Reno Chick-fil-A restaurant can be found by visiting https://www.facebook.com/renocfa/.