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Locally Owned Chick-fil-A to Open in Westfield Santa Anita on Thursday

The new location inside Westfield Santa Anita. – Courtesy photo

Restaurant will employ upwards of 50 team members

Chick-fil-A has selected Zach Zimmerman as the local franchise owner of the new restaurant at Westfield Santa Anita Mall in Arcadia opening Thursday.

Zimmerman will oversee day-to-day activities of the business, employing approximately 50 team members to serve guests, while continuing to cultivate relationships with local schools, organizations and neighboring businesses.

The restaurant is located inside Westfield Santa Anita Mall on the edge of the mall food court. It will have its own 48-seat dining room and will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday and closed on Sunday. The restaurant will serve limited breakfast menu items until 10:30 a.m.

Zimmerman is a southern California guy to his core and was born in Mission Viejo. After graduating with a business economics degree and a minor in education from University of California Irvine, Zimmerman spent the next several years working with various companies, including Marriott. He has also spent the last six years as a volunteer coach for the Special Olympics. Both his work and his volunteer experience helped to increase his passion around serving and meeting the needs of customers and individuals.

In 2016, an encounter with a local California operator led Zimmerman to consider his future with the chain. Zimmerman decided to move to San Diego to learn the business by working in a Chick-fil-A restaurant and gaining hands-on experience. After two and a half years of being mentored by a successful Chick-fil-A operator, Zimmerman decided to apply for the opportunity for his own franchise location. He was selected as operator of the Westfield Santa Anita Mall restaurant in 2019.

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“I am excited to have an opportunity to care for and serve the Arcadia community both inside and outside my restaurant,” said Zimmerman. “My vision is to create a home away from home with a seat at our table for every guest as my team members and I serve craveable food and provide a remarkable experience to them as they become like family.”

Becoming the 43rd location within 25 miles of Los Angeles, the Westfield Santa Anita Chick-fil-A restaurant is opening the same day as a new location in El Segundo at 740 N. Pacific Coast Hwy.

January 29, 2020

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