Chick-fil-A to Open First International Restaurant

The fried chicken chain ventures to the Great White North.

By Ethan L. Johns
July 26, 2018

Image: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Look out, Canada, your fried chicken is about to be topped with exponentially more pickles.

That’s because the Atlanta-based fried chicken chain Chick-fil-A is taking its show on the road and opening up its very first standalone international location in Toronto, Canada.

The new restaurant, which is slated to open in 2019, will be the first of more than a dozen that the company plans to open in Toronto over the next five years, according to CNBC.

“We’ve spent years researching cities across the world, and the more time we spent here, the more we knew Toronto was the perfect place to roost,” said a company representative in a statement. “Between being a foodie city that loves new experiences and being known worldwide for tremendous hospitality, we believe our [franchisees] will find [employees] in Toronto that share our passion for making delicious food and serving our new community.”

This is technically not Chick-fil-A's first foray into Canada; a location was opened at the University of Alberta in 1995, though it was closed shortly thereafter. There is currently a service counter in the Calgary International Airport, which is operated by a third party.

Franchise owners for the company, in some cases, pay higher-than-average wages. It is famously (or infamously) closed on Sundays.

Chick-fil-A’s famous chicken gets its flavor, in part, from using pickle juice in the brine. KFC most recently copied their signature sandwich by adding pickle chips.

Correction: The article has been updated to include reference to the Chick-fil-A in the Calgary International Airport.

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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns