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  • Eat Mor Chikin: Inspire More People

Author: S. Truett Cathy
ISBN: 9781929619085
Pages: 200
Format: Hardcover
Publish Date: 2002

Eat Mor Chikin: Inspire More People

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Horatio Alger inspired millions of readers by writing fictional rags-to-riches stories of people who succeeded while maintaining their principles of honesty and hard work. S. Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A, Inc., didn't have to employ such fiction in writing Eat Mor Chikin: Inspire More People.

Cathy's book tells his own true story of growing up in the boarding house his mother ran, helping the family make ends meet with income from his paper route, starting a small restaurant with his brother in 1946, and building Chick-fil-A, Inc., into a $1.2 billion restaurant chain. Along the way he built eleven foster homes for the more than 150 children who call him "Grandpa" and sponsored scholarships for 16,500 Chick-fil-A restaurant employees.

Truett Cathy believes everyone should be about the business of inspiring other people, especially young people. When he was a child, the Cathy family, who otherwise would have perished for lack of income in rural northeast Georgia, moved to Atlanta during the Great Depression. At the age of eight, young Truett Cathy showed his entrepreneurial skills by setting up a Coca-Cola stand in the front yard.

As a young man just after World War II in 1946, Cathy and his brother Ben opened the Dwarf Grill, a ten-seat, four-table, 24-hour restaurant near the Atlanta airport in Hapeville, Ga. At the close of their first week, Truett and Ben Cathy determined to close the restaurant on Sunday, a principle that is adhered to today by all of Chick-fil-A's 1,040-plus restaurants.

Cathy had been in the restaurant business for 21 years when he opened his first Chick-fil-A restaurant in Atlanta's Greenbriar Mall in 1967. It was the nation's first fast-food restaurant to open in an enclosed shopping mall. The chain now has more than 1,040 restaurants nationwide.

Former President Jimmy Carter says of Cathy's life and book, "Truett Cathy's commitment to principles has enabled him to achieve both spiritual and financial prosperity. In Eat Mor Chikin: Inspire More People, he tells how this simple philosophy led him to become a mentor and role model to young people, a customer-oriented restaurateur, a community leader and philanthropist. It is one of the most remarkable success stories of our time."

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