Chick-fil-A Announces Dawson Halliday As New Owner/Operator Of Ooltewah's 1st Location

Monday, July 2, 2018

Tennessee native Dawson Halliday is bringing his love of developing leaders and serving the community to his new role as franchise owner of Chick-fil-A’s first stand-alone restaurant in Ooltewah. 

When the Chick-fil-A restaurant opens at 8959 Old Lee Highway it will be the realization of a dream for Halliday who has had a long history with the brand and vividly remembers sitting on a pickle bucket, peeling carrots in the back of his father’s Chick-fil-A restaurant in Tennessee.

Mr. Halliday spent many of his childhood and teen years helping at his father’s restaurant, being actively involved in the day-to-day operations as well as their community. Those family experiences at Chick-fil-A remain some of his treasured memories during that season of life. Mr. Halliday, whose grew up in Knoxville, is excited to make Ooltewah his home where his family already feels such a connection.

Mr. Halliday, who previously worked in the operations department of a national chain of truck stops, remained a loyal Chick-fil-A customer and a fan of the chain and its focus on handcrafted food and personalized customer service. Recently, as Mr. Halliday was considering a career change, he realized the Chick-fil-A franchise Operator role fit his entrepreneurial goal of owning a business where he could have a positive impact on his employees, customers and community. He and his family have made the move to Ooltewah and are thrilled Chick-fil-A has brought them a community that already feels like home.

“I want our Ooltewah Chick-fil-A restaurant to be a gathering place, a place where people and families can count on fresh food, fast service, and a warm, welcoming atmosphere” said Mr. Halliday. “This is a wonderful opportunity for my team members and I to create those experiences for families that made such an impact on my family throughout the years.”

Mr. Halliday is currently looking to hire 100 team members at his new Ooltewah restaurant, filling full-time and part-time positions in all areas of the restaurant, including leadership positions focused on talent, training and administrative support. Among other benefits that include scholarships for continuing education, Chick-fil-A restaurant team members appreciate having Sundays off, flexible schedules, and the family atmosphere fostered at the restaurant.

Named one of the “best places to work” by Glassdoor, Chick-fil-A is known for hiring, developing and retaining talent, offering a supportive workplace with opportunities for leadership development, respect for work-life balance and competitive wages.       

Chick-fil-A team members are eligible for the chain’s initiative, Remarkable Futures, which this year awarded $14.5 million in annual scholarships to more than 5,700 team members. Ranging from $2,500 to $25,000, the scholarships are based on leadership, community involvement and academic achievement.  Over the years, Chick-fil-A, which employs more than 75,000 people through corporate positions and franchised locations, has provided more than $60 million to help pay for college.

Interested applicants are invited to visit www.nowhiring.com/cfaooltewah4031. Applicants can also apply in person at the restaurant at 8959 Old Lee Highway.  Follow the restaurant at https://www.facebook.com/cfaooltewah/ for updates on restaurant events. 




Ooltewah Farmers Market Holds 4th Annual Melon Fest

Ooltewah Farmers Market will hold the fourth annual Melon Fest on Thursday, Aug. 14, from 3-6 p.m. The market, now in its sixth season, hosts this annual event celebrating locally-grown melons and watermelons of all shapes and kinds. Several area small family farms have been growing melons specifically for this event. Look for old heirloom varieties, rare and ... (click for more)

McDonald’s And Franchisees Investing Approximately $168 Million In Tennessee To Modernize More Than 240 Local Restaurants

Today, McDonald’s announced that the company and its franchisees are investing approximately $168 Million in Tennessee throughout 2018 and 2019 on the construction and modernization of 240 McDonald’s restaurants, transforming the customer experience inside and outside the restaurant. In total, McDonald’s and franchisees are investing $6 billion to modernize most U.S. restaurants ... (click for more)

Female Inmate Dies At Bradley County Jail Monday

A female inmate was found unresponsive at the Bradley County Jail on Monday afternoon. Correctional officers and on-site medical personnel performed life saving measures, but she was later declared dead after Bradley County EMS arrived.  The inmate was 54-year-old Fawn Zanette Brandham. Correctional officers contacted the 12th Judicial District Attorney's office, ... (click for more)

Federal Appeals Court Rules In Favor Of Family With Down Syndrome Child Who Sued County Schools

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of a couple with a Down syndrome child who sued the county schools. The parents of Luka Hyde objected when the county schools tried to move him from his zoned school to a segregated school. The ruling says under federal law that students with disabilities are supposed to be placed in the least restrictive ... (click for more)

Use Purse Building For Chattanooga Museum Of History And Industry

I was caught off-guard and pleasantly stoked by Eric Atkins' editorial on Chattanoogan.com last week suggesting that one of the soon-to-be surplused city buildings could be turned into a history museum.   I didn't think anyone other than myself that I didn't know cared, or at least would turn their thoughts into the topic of an editorial.  I believe that most of the ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: One Person Every Hour

After the first weekend in August, the United States was shaken to its core as every major media outlet reported that 67 people had been shot in Chicago, 12 of them dead in the senseless carnage. Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel pleaded for calm and announced an additional 600 police officers would join other law enforcement in the five most troubled districts. This past weekend, which ... (click for more)