Chick-fil-A opens new restaurant in Dalton, Georgia

A new Chick-fil-A restaurant will open Thursday in Dalton, Georgia, after another one of the fast-food chain's outlets at Walnut Square in Dalton temporarily closed for a remodel.

Isaac Holbert, a Calhoun, Georgia, native who has worked at Chick-fil-A restaurants across the country, is the independent franchise owner of the newest Chicka-fil-A in the region located at 1275 North Glenwood Ave. in Dalton. The new eatery will be open for dine-in, drive-through and carry-out service from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

"I am most looking forward to creating a positive, lasting impact on our community that means so much to me and my family," Holbert said in an announcement of the newest Chick-fil-A. "I'm so grateful to have the opportunity to give back and inspire future leaders through our restaurant's work."

More than 100 employees from the other Chick-fil-A location in Dalton that temporarily closed will relocate, at least temporarily, to the new restaurant during the remodel. Another 45 additional full- and part-time jobs will be added at the new eatery.

Holbert started his first job at Chick-fil-A in Calhoun where he later met his wife, Hannah. He held various management roles at Chick-fil-A restaurants across the country, tallying more than a decade of experience before serving as an operator for three years in Sioux City, Iowa. In 2015, Holbert returned home to North Georgia, where he was the operator for three years at Chick-fil-A Walnut Square Mall, now known as the Dalton Mall. In 2018, Holbert was selected to become the operator of Chick-fil-A Dalton, where he has worked alongside several family members, including his wife, brother-in-law, niece and nephew. In November 2022, Chick-fil-A Dalton temporarily closed for remodeling and is slated to reopen in 2023.

With the opening of Chick-fil-A North Dalton, Holbert looks forward to continuing to grow the Chick-fil-A brand with new and existing guests in Dalton.

In honor of the new store opening, Chick-fil-A Inc. will donate $25,000 to Feeding America to be distributed to partners in the greater Dalton area to aid in the fight against hunger.

In addition, Chick-fil-A North Dalton is recognizing 100 local heroes making an impact in the Dalton area by providing them with free Chick-fil-A meals for a year.

Holbert's restaurant will be participating in the Chick-fil-A Shared Table Program, an initiative that redirects surplus food from the restaurant to local soup kitchens, shelters, food banks and nonprofits in need. The restaurant will partner with Dalton Greater Works to provide food for individuals experiencing homelessness.

– Compiled by Dave Flessner