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Thursday, December 10, 2009 - 11:02am

Chick-Fil-A Annual Sales Surpass $3B

For the first time in its history, Atlanta-based Chick-Fil-A surpassed $3 billion in annual sales.

“Chick-fil-A’s continued growth, despite uncertain economic times, is a strong testament to the caliber of people who work in our restaurants,” said Chick‑fil‑A President and Chief Operating Officer Dan T. Cathy in a Thursday news release.

“Our family of restaurant Operators and their team members are among the best in the food service industry. Our Operator retention rate continues to be among the highest in the industry – at 97 percent," Cathy said.

The restaurant chain says it’s poised to log its 42nd consecutive year of annual sales growth.

That’s growth every year since Truett Cathy founded Chick-Fil-A in 1967.

Chick-Fil-A Facts:

The 247 million-plus original Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwiches laid side-by-side would stretch out nearly 19,500 miles, or nearly eight times the distance from Chick-fil-A Founder Truett Cathy’s original restaurant, the Dwarf House, in Hapeville, Ga., to the most distant Chick-fil-A restaurant in Sacramento, Calif.

Chick-fil-A restaurants sold more than 137 million pounds of Waffle Potato Fries™ (cooked in pure peanut oil).

Restaurant team members nationwide used more than 100 million lemons to make the chain’s signature, freshly squeezed lemonade.

If laid end to end, the 1.76 billion Chick-fil-A Nuggets would stretch over half of the earth’s circumference.

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