Growing up in Nigeria, against the backdrop of an unstable political climate, Adaobi Gwacham’s parents dreamt of a new life for their five children. “Nigeria was different and difficult, but it was all we knew. We made the best of it,” says Gwacham.
Kent Island is relatively secluded, spanning 32 square miles between the foot of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The community is close-knit. So when Chris David, local franchise Operator of Chick-fil-A Kent Island, took to Facebook in February to announce Chick-fil-A would close for seven weeks for renovations, he knew a few locals would make a fuss. But he never expected the flood of commentary that ensued.
On one summer weekend in 1945, 18-year-old Edmund Rusinek and his buddies left their army training camp in Little Rock, Arkansas in search of a hearty, Southern meal. As the young draftees sat in a booth enjoying their break from GI food, they were approached by an elderly gentleman who asked if they could do him a favor and let him buy their meals. When the men asked how they could repay him, the gentleman responded, “The only way to thank me is to pass it on.”
When Chick-fil-A Operator Ben Prine learned his restaurant in Cookeville, Tennessee, was due for some renovations, he was thrilled about the new investments to improve the customer experience. Yet the excitement surrounding those renovations was quickly tempered by a deep concern for the more than 80 Team Members at his restaurant.
By all accounts for everyone involved, March 12 had all the makings of a seemingly normal day. For Ed Kosiec, the morning had begun with a nine-mile run followed by some yoga, as he was training for his fourth marathon. He and his wife, Holly, are both real estate agents who work from home, and she had a few items to tend to that day.
It was a simple acronym, and Mark Meadows had his then 10-year-old son, Luke, recite it before baseball and basketball games.“What’s important?” Meadows would ask. “THAT,” Luke replied. “Think, Hustle, Attitude, Team.”
Across the street from Chick-fil-A’s Atlanta headquarters sits a hanger nearly half the size of a football field. This is no ordinary building though – this is the Chick-fil-A Archive, and it’s filled with five decades of memories and history.