The family-owned fast-food chain Chick-fil-A reported its 42nd consecutive year of growth when it announced its 2009 results yesterday.
The US-based company, still privately owned by the founding Cathy family, announced 2009 sales of $3.2 billion, an increase of 8.6% on 2008 results. The company's sales have grown every year since it was founded by S Truett Cathy in 1967.
Dan Cathy, Chick-fil-A's second-generation president and COO, said: "Chick-fil-A has been truly blessed to have another year of during these difficult economic times.
"While we are by no means immune to the economic challenges our country is facing, we do believe we will continue to remain healthy as long as we stay committed to the qualities that have shaped the Chick-fil-A brand thus far: providing excellent customer service and unmatched product quality to every customer on every visit."
Truett still serves as chairman of the business he began with one restaurant in Atlanta over 40 years ago. Today the company is the second-largest quick-service chicken chain in the US. In 2009 Chick-fil-A opened 83 new restaurants and has a total of 1,480 stores across 38 states. Dan works alongside his brother Don, who is the senior vice president of the business.
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