Chick-fil-A is set to tantalize taste buds across Alberta with the announcement of three new restaurants opening this year, the first part of a plan to establish 20 locations in the province by 2030.

Construction on the first Chick-fil-A in the province will begin at West Edmonton Mall in February, which will be up and running by the late summer. 

The other two locations planned to open this year will be on Macleod Trail in Calgary and at South Edmonton Common. Construction on these two locations will begin in the spring. 

“The new Chick-fil-A locations in Calgary and Edmonton will be the first to open outside Ontario since the first Chick-fil-A restaurant began serving guests at Yonge & Bloor in Toronto in 2019,” said the organization in its press release.

Calgary previously had a location within the YYC International Airport but closed its doors a few years ago.

Paul Trotti, the Vice President of International Operations, said that each Chick-fil-A restaurant in Alberta will be led by an entrepreneur, an independent local Owner-Operator committed to creating jobs, developing leaders, and impacting the community they serve. 

“Alberta has an incredible growth story and is an exciting place for us to continue our expansion in Canada. We can’t wait to offer new guests in the province an authentic Chick-fil-A experience,” said Trotti.

The entrepreneurs in Alberta are expected to hire approximately 80-120 employees at each location.

Rick Christiaanse, CEO of Invest Alberta, said that Alberta is one of the best places to do business in Canada. He added that Chick-fil-A fits perfectly with the province’s rapidly growing and diverse region.

“Chick-fil-A’s expansion into Alberta will have a positive impact on our economy in the region by creating jobs and new entrepreneurial opportunities throughout the province,” he said. 

Alberta’s Minister of Jobs Matt Jones said the province has created an investment-friendly environment where companies like Chick-fil-A feel confident about expanding their business. 

“With rapid growth and low taxes, our province is an ideal location to establish new stores. Alberta’s growing, young, and diverse population means Chick-fil-A will have the future employees and customers they need to succeed,” said Jones. 

Chick-fil-A employs more than 200,000 individuals across its 3,000 restaurants in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada. By 2030, the company also plans to expand into Europe and Asia.

In 2022, the company had a revenue of $18.8 billion.

Chick-fil-A is currently accepting applications from aspiring franchisees for Ontario and Alberta.