The new Chick-fil-A opening in Algonquin Thursday will be donating $25,000 to Feeding America and will also surprise 100 “local heroes” with free Chick-fil-A for a year, the company announced.
The new restaurant is located at 425 South Randall Road in Algonquin and will be operated by J.D. Willis, who is a McHenry County resident.
Willis will be responsible for all day-to-day activities of the business, including employing approximately 80 full- and part-time employees, the company said.
The restaurant, which will open on Thursday, will operate from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
In place of the traditional Chick-fil-A First 100 Grand Opening celebration, Chick-fil-A Algonquin will be surprising 100 local heroes making an impact in Algonquin with free Chick-fil-A for a year, the company said.
Chick-fil-A will also donate $25,000 to Feeding America.
The funds will be distributed to partners within the greater Chicago area to aid in the fight against hunger, the company said.
Willis, who is originally from Tennessee, joined the U.S. Air Force after graduating from the University of Memphis in 1989.
In 2015, Willis was selected as the operator of Chick-fil-A Crystal Lake alongside his wife, Leisa, and their four children.
Six years later, Willis said he is excited to relocate and extend his impact on both McHenry and Kane counties as a local business owner.
“For more than six years, my family and I have called McHenry County our home, and I am humbled by the opportunity to continue making a difference in the community that has meant so much to us,” Willis said.
“With the opening of Chick-fil-A Algonquin, I look forward to mentoring my Team Members and showing care for our new neighbors, serving them great-tasting food with Chick-fil-A’s signature hospitality,” he added.