Restaurant Brings Approximately 180 Full- and Part-Time Jobs to Community, Honors 100 Local Heroes with Free Chick-fil-A Meals for a Year
BRADENTON, Fla. (May 8, 2023) – A new Chick-fil-A ® restaurant will begin serving the Bradenton community on Thursday, May 11. Chick-fil-A, Inc. has selected Nathan Hoeksema as the independent franchised Owner/Operator of Chick-fil-A Manatee & 43rd.
Located at 4311 Manatee Ave. W, Chick-fil-A Manatee & 43rd will be open for dine-in, drive-thru and carry-out from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday through Saturday. Guests of Chick-fil-A Manatee & 43rd can place an order for pickup, dine-in or delivery on the Chick-fil-A ® App or online. When joining the Chick-fil-A One® tiered membership program, Chick-fil-A One members receive points on every qualifying purchase, which can be used to redeem available rewards. Visit chick-fil-a.com/delivery to view delivery options in your area.
The Manatee & 43rd restaurant joins 50 other Chick-fil-A restaurants serving the wider Tampa-St. Petersburg market.
Locally Owned and Operated
As full-time, hands-on leaders in their restaurants and communities, Chick-fil-A Owner/Operators proudly reside in the communities in which they serve.
In Bradenton, Hoeksema will be responsible for all day-to-day activities of the business, including employing approximately 180 full- and part-time Team Members, serving guests and cultivating relationships with local organizations and businesses.
Born and raised in Manatee County, Hoeksema has been a committed member of the Bradenton community all his life. Hoeksema’s path to Chick-fil-A leadership began with his first job at Chick-fil-A at the DeSoto Square Mall in June of 1993. After serving as a Team Member and interim manager at a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Naples, Hoeksema eventually became an Operator back in his hometown at the same mall location where his career began. In 2013, after operating the mall location for 10 years, Hoeksema opened his current restaurant, Chick-fil-A Cortez Plaza. He will remain the Operator at Chickfil-A Cortez Plaza in addition to Chick-fil-A Manatee & 43rd.
“Our restaurant has experienced so much growth over the years thanks to the unwavering support we receive here in Bradenton,” said Hoeksema. “This second location will give us an opportunity to better serve our guests and to really be what we’ve always wanted to be: a community-focused restaurant.”
Caring for the Bradenton Community
In celebration of the opening, Chick-fil-A, Inc. will donate $25,000 to Feeding America in honor of the new restaurant. These funds will be distributed to partners in the greater Tampa-St. Petersburg area to aid in the fight against hunger.
In addition, Chick-fil-A Manatee & 43rd is recognizing 100 local heroes making an impact in the Bradenton area by providing them with free Chick-fil-A meals for a year.
Hoeksema’s restaurant plans to participate in Chick-fil-A Shared Table® , an initiative that redirects surplus food from the restaurant to local soup kitchens, shelters, food banks and nonprofits in need. To date, more than 18 million meals have been served nationwide from Chick-fil-A Shared Table donations.
Team Member Investment
Chick-fil-A Operators are committed to hiring, developing and retaining top talent and providing a positive work environment for people of all ages and backgrounds. Team Members have opportunities for flexible work hours and leadership growth, competitive pay and benefits, hands-on training and mentoring and the chance to apply for scholarships to support their continuing education.
Delicious Food; Outstanding Customer Service
Chick-fil-A is known for serving customers great-tasting food made with high-quality ingredients, including the original Chick-fil-A ® Chicken Sandwich. Made with a real, whole, boneless breast of chicken with no added fillers, the breaded chicken is pressure cooked in fully-refined peanut oil. Chick-fil-A was one of the first in the industry to eliminate chicken raised with antibiotics to ensure guests have an option for high-quality food on the go.
To complement the great-tasting chicken, fresh produce is delivered to Chick-fil-A restaurants up to six times a week for the best quality and flavor. The fresh ingredients are raised and grown by farmers who share the company’s elevated quality and safety standards, so guests feel good about their meal.
For the latest news and updates on Chick-fil-A Manatee & 43rd, visit the local restaurant’s Instagram.
For more information about Chick-fil-A and stories about the Brand’s food, people and customers across the country, visit chick-fil-a.com.
About Chick-fil-A, Inc.
Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. is a restaurant company known for the Original Chick-fil-A ® Chicken Sandwich and signature hospitality. Represented by more than 190,000 Team Members, Operators and Staff, Chick-fil-A® restaurants serve guests freshly prepared food at more than 2,800 restaurants in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. The family-owned and privately held restaurant company was founded in 1967 by S. Truett Cathy and is committed to serving the local communities in which its franchised restaurants operate.
Known for its leadership and growth opportunities, in 2022 Chick-fil-A was named a Best Employer in America by Forbes and a top company for career opportunities for Black employees by Glassdoor. The company was also awarded the Employee’s Choice by Glassdoor honoring top CEOs and was named a Culture 500 Culture Champion in 2020. A leader in customer service, Chick-fil-A was named QSR magazine’s Drive-Thru Restaurant of the Year in 2021. More information on Chick-fil-A is available at www.chick-fil-a.com and @ChickfilANews.