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S. Truett Cathy, 1945
Truett Cathy was drafted into the U.S. Army immediately following high school graduation in 1939 and served until he was honorably discharged in 1945.

Original Dwarf House
Truett Cathy first started in the restaurant business in 1946 by opening a 24-hour diner in the Atlanta suburb of Hapeville, Georgia. The restaurant was so small – only 10 stools and four tables – that Cathy and his brother, Ben, decided to call the restaurant the Dwarf Grill (later renamed The Dwarf House).

S. Truett Cathy
Founder, Chick-fil-A, Inc.

S. Truett Cathy
Founder, Chick-fil-A, Inc.

Cathy Family
Chick-fil-A, Inc., President and Chief Executive Officer Dan T. Cathy (right) with his father, Founder S. Truett Cathy.

Cathy Family
Chick-fil-A Founder S. Truett Cathy (center) with his sons Donald M. “Bubba” Cathy (left) and Dan T. Cathy (right). Dan serves as chairman, president and chief executive officer of Chick-fil-A, Inc., while Bubba serves as senior vice president of Chick-fil-A, Inc., and president of Dwarf House, Inc.

Truett Cathy at Corporate Headquarters
Chick-fil-A Founder S. Truett Cathy at the company headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.

Chick-fil-A's Corporate Purpose
In 1982, Chick-fil-A’s Executive Committee established the chain’s Corporate Purpose: “To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us. To have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.”

Greenbriar Mall
Opened in 1967, Chick-fil-A’s first restaurant was located in Atlanta’s Greenbriar Mall. Truett Cathy has been recognized as an early pioneer of today’s “food court” concept. The original “front-counter” restaurant concept of the Greenbriar Mall location allowed the restaurant to occupy a total space of 384 square feet.

Free-Standing Chick-fil-A Restaurant
The chain’s first free-standing location opened in 1986 in Atlanta. Today, two-thirds of the chain's more than 1,800 restaurants are free-standing locations.

Books Written by S. Truett Cathy
Truett Cathy’s unique business principles and leadership values are a common thread in his books: “It’s Easier To Succeed Than To Fail” (Thomas Nelson Publishing, 1989); “Eat Mor Chikin: Inspire More People” (Looking Glass Books, 2002); “The Generosity Factor,” co-authored with Ken Blanchard (Zondervan Publishing, 2002); “It’s Better To Build Boys Than Mend Men” (Looking Glass Books, 2004); “How Did You Do It, Truett?” (Looking Glass Books, 2007); and “Wealth, Is It Worth It?” (Looking Glass Books, 2011).

Original Chick-fil-A® Chicken Sandwich
Chick-fil-A Founder Truett Cathy developed the recipe for the original Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich in the early 1960s and, as a result of the sandwich’s popularity, founded the Chick-fil-A restaurant chain in 1967.

The WinShape Foundation
In 1984, S. Truett Cathy founded WinShape Foundation, born out of his desire to "shape winners" by helping young people succeed in life through scholarships and other youth-support programs. Located on the campus of Berry College in Rome, Georgia, the foundation supports WinShape Homes®, the WinShape RetreatSM, WinShape MarriageSM, WinShape Camps®, WinShape College Program® and WinShape Wilderness®.

WinShape Homes® Foster Care Program
WinShape Homes has provided a safe and secure home to more than 450 children, in which they could grow physically, spiritually and emotionally. Truett Cathy was called “Grandpa” by many of these children.

Truett Cathy is passionate about children
Truett Cathy always had a special place in his heart for children. He taught Sunday school for more than 50 years and always looked for opportunities to help educate and develop children.

Truett Cathy Day in Hapeville
Hapeville (Georgia) Mayor Alan Hallman congratulates Truett Cathy for 60 years of service in the restaurant industry, as well as his commitment to the Hapeville and south Atlanta community. In 2006, the Mayor presented Cathy a proclamation designating May 23 as “Truett Cathy Day” in the city of Hapeville.

Truett’s 60th Anniversary Celebration
In 2006, Truett Cathy (right) celebrated his 60th anniversary in the restaurant business.

Three Generations of Cathy Family Leadership
In 2006, Cathy welcomed the third generation of Cathy family members to the business. Two of his grandsons, Andrew and Mark Cathy, opened new restaurants in St. Petersburg, Florida, and San Marcos, California, respectively. In 2008, a third grandson, John White, opened a new restaurant in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The President's Call to Service Award
In 2008, Truett Cathy was honored for his commitment to serving others during a visit to Washington, where he received The President's Call to Service Award - The Presidential Volunteer Service Award presented to those who have dedicated more than 4,000 hours of volunteer service over a lifetime.

Truett Cathy's 90th Birthday
At Truett Cathy’s 90th birthday celebration in 2011, Sandy Douglas – President of Coca-Cola, North America – presents him with a donation toward the development of the Truett Cathy Youth and Community Center in West End, near Cathy’s childhood home.

Wealth. Is it worth it?
Truett Cathy experienced both poverty and plenty, but never wanted to forget the lessons he learned growing up poor. No overnight success story, Cathy worked with his wife, Jeannette, for 21 years behind the counter of their single mom-and-pop restaurant before he opened the first Chick-fil-A restaurant at the age of 46. His last book, “Wealth: Is it Worth It?,” explores the opportunities and responsibilities that accompany success.