Franchisee-Owned Chick-fil-A opens in Clinton on Oct. 2

Restaurant Will Employ Upwards of 120 Team Members

News Release, CPCO Communications

CLINTON, Md. (Oct. 2, 2019) – Chick-fil-A has selected local Brandywine Operator Ryan Patrylo as the franchise owner of the new Chick-fil-A restaurant in Clinton, set to open on Wednesday, Oct. 2. Patrylo will oversee day-to-day activities of the business, employing approximately 120 full- and part-time Team Members, cultivating relationships with local schools, organizations and neighboring businesses and serving guests. Chick-fil-A at Woodyard Landing, located at 8813 Woodyard Road, will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday. 

Locally Owned and Operated

Operator Ryan Patrylo was raised 20 minutes from the original Dwarf Grill in Hapeville, Ga. where the Chick-fil-A®Chicken Sandwich was created. After graduating from Georgia State University with a degree in business administration, Patrylo became a Team Member at a local mall in Georgia with the hope of becoming an Operator one day. After working for more than three years, he was accepted into the corporate Interim Manager Program where he helped manage and open restaurants across the country. He reached his goal a year later when he was selected as Operator of the Chick-fil-A at Brandywine. 

After serving the Brandywine community for almost ten years, Patrylo’s hard work and proven results have earned him his second restaurant, at Woodyard Landing, a rare accomplishment within the chain. He and his wife Shahla and their four children are looking forward to serving the Woodyard community on a larger scale.

“My team and I are incredibly honored to serve the Clinton community both inside and outside our restaurant where guests can enjoy our delicious food and remarkable service,” says Patrylo. “Having worked alongside hundreds of amazing Team Members for nearly a decade, it is because of them that we now have this remarkable privilege to continue positively impacting the area we love and call home.”

Patrylo is very passionate around mentoring and having a positive influence on his Team Members. Indicative of his commitment is the fact that five of his former Team Members have become Chick-fil-A Operators.  Becoming an Operator is no small feat as the chain receives nearly 60,000 applications each year for approximately 100 franchise opportunities. 

Team Member Investment

Chick-fil-A is known for hiring, developing and retaining top talent, providing a great work environment for people of all ages and backgrounds. Each Chick-fil-A restaurant offers flexible hours, competitive pay and benefits, opportunities for leadership growth, college scholarships, and hands-on training and mentoring by the restaurant owner. The Woodyard Landing Chick-fil-A will employ approximately 120 Team Members, and as with all Chick-fil-A restaurants, Team Members are also guaranteed Sundays off. 

Premium Ingredients and Fresh, Handmade Food

Nearly everything on the Chick-fil-A menu is made from scratch daily, including salads made from fresh vegetables and fruit that is hand-chopped throughout the day. The lemonade is made from three simple ingredients: lemon juice, sugar and water. Like all Chick-fil-A restaurants, the chicken served in this restaurant will be 100 percent whole breast meat, without any fillers, hormones or additives. Each chicken breast is hand-breaded to order and pressure cooked in 100 percent refined peanut oil, which is naturally trans-fat- and cholesterol-free. 

Commitment to Customer Service

With a longstanding tradition in the restaurant industry for setting the highest standards in customer service, Chick-fil-A earned a top spot in the 2017 Technomic Consumer Choice Awards for the third year in a row. The company has also earned recognition as one of America’s top companies in the 2018 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient study, “Most Inspiring Companies” by Forbes Magazine, and “Top Fast Food Chicken Chain” by Consumer Reports, among other honors. 

For more information about Chick-fil-A and stories about the company’s food, people and customers across the country, visit chick-fil-a.com. For the latest news and updates at Chick-fil-A, visit the Chick-fil-A at Woodyard Landing Facebook page.


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