New Chick-Fil-A open in Delray Beach

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Chicken fans have a new place to get their nuggets or sandwiches. Chick-Fil-A has a new Delray Beach location at 4823 W. Atlantic Ave.

The restaurant will be overseen by franchise owner Erik Benitez. He will oversee day-to-day activities of the business which will employ about 120 team members.

The fast-casual space will seat 140 people in the dining room. The space is 4,000-square-feet and features a community table, recycled Coca-Cola chandeliers and a two-story, indoor children’s playground area.

There will be a curbside parking spot for catering pick-ups and Chick-fil-A app mobile orders, along with a designated inside counter.

Chick-fil-A Operator Erik Benitez and wife, Shelley, met while working at Chick-fil-A.

Erik’s journey to becoming an Operator began as a 16-year-old needing to earn money for a car. He interviewed at the Chick-fil-A at Palm Beach Lake Boulevard in 2004, having never eaten or knowing anything about the chain. For the next 5 years he worked at several Chick-fil-A locations in Southern Florida before returning to work, once again, as a manager for his original Operator.

While attending college full-time, Benitez spent the next three years traveling across the country, helping to open 61 new Chick-fil-A restaurants which planted within him the desire to become an Operator. Following graduation with a business management degree from the University of Phoenix in 2012, he was accepted into corporate’s learning development program and opened another 21 restaurants. His dream was realized in 2015 when he was selected as Operator of the Chick-fil-A at Newport Centre Mall in Jersey City, where he earned one of the chain’s top honors for its Operators, Symbol of Success, in 2018.

“Shelley and I are excited to return to the area we consider home and serve the Delray Beach community both inside and outside our restaurant,” said Benitez. “I am committed to applying Chick-fil-A’s core principles of caring for and serving guests through our Team Members providing remarkable hospitality and fresh, hand-crafted food.”