Truett Cathy: 9 Interesting Facts About The Chick fil-A Founder

Truett Cathy

Which fast food restaurant is known for their top-notch customer service? If you guessed Chick fil-A, you’d be correct (IMHO). Truett Cathy, founder of Chick fil-A, was one of the world’s wealthiest people at that time of his death in 2014 (age 93) but his story is what makes him so great.

We change the world, and ourselves, by our response to unexpected opportunities.” Truett Cathy

Before we get into the 9 interesting facts about the Chick fil-A founder, let’s find out how the restaurant started…


In 1946 after Cathy’s discharge from the U.S. Army, both Mr. Cathy and his brother Ben opened the Dwarf Grill in Hapeville, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta.

Truett Cathy

(Source: From Chick fil-A)

The grill was originally built next to a Ford auto plant. Their thinking was that there was going to be a lot of hungry workers during lunch and they were right.

More importantly from the grill came the idea for the Chick-fil-A concept. The brothers noticed that many of the customers were making chicken sandwiches from the rolls and the chicken meat that they served. I guess you never know where the next greatest idea is going to come from.

In 1967, the Chick-fil-A chain was started in the Greenbriar Mall in southwestern Atlanta.

Have you ever noticed that most Chick fil-A restaurants are located in shopping malls? The main reason is that in the early 60’s, Cathy noted that the main growth of America’s suburbs were springing up on the outskirts of cities. Thus, he wanted to go where the growth was happening.

Chick-fil-A has now grown to nearly 1,500 restaurants in 39 states.

Here’s some interesting facts that we can take from his 93 years on Earth.

9 Interesting Facts About Truett Cathy

1 Entrepreneurial spirit was inspired by Napoleon Hill.

I was pleasantly surprised to see that both Truett Cathy and I were both inspired by Napoleon Hill’s book, “Think and Grow Rich.”

Mr. Cathy went on later to write four books which focus on personal inspiration and business motivation.

2 Hard work learned early on in life.

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