Beckley will be eating more chikin!

Richard Jarrell of Maxwell Hill has been awarded his third Chick-fil-A restaurant, according to a press release from Chick-fil-A. The Thursday release confirmed earlier reports that Jarrell’s new store, set to open Nov 29, will be at 100 Hylton Lane, just off Harper Road.

Jarrell, known as “The Chicken Man” to many repeat customers, is one of only 19 operators in the national chain to be awarded three restaurants. He and his wife, Beth, currently operate Chick-fil-A stores at Galleria Plaza in Beckley and at Crossroads Mall.

Jarrell hires locally and advertises positions that pay well above minimum wage. The new store will offer around 90 part-time and full-time jobs.

While the number three was enough to place Jarrell in the top tier of Chick-fil-A operators, the number six is special, according to the press release.

“The number six seems to be a milestone marker for Jarrell,” the release reads. “It was six years after Jarrell was selected as a Chick-Fil-A operator that he and his wife, Beth, were given the opportunity to move back to their hometown of Beckley to open Beckley Galleria, the city’s first stand-alone Chick-fil-A location.

“Six years later, he became a multi-unit operator with the 2012 awarding of the Chick-fil-A at Crossroads Mall.

“Now, six years later, he will open the Chick-fil-A restaurant at Harper Road.”

When asked Friday if he has plans to eventually operate six Chick-fil-A stores, Jarrell was not immediately available for comment.

Jarrell will continue to interview for additional full and part-time opportunities in all areas of the restaurant, including leadership development, hospitality, drive-thru specialists, catering and training, the press release reads.

Interested applicants are invited to visit and may follow the restaurant at for updates.

The new Chick-fil-A will be at the old Applebee’s lot.

Named one of the “best places to work” by Glassdoor, Chick-fil-A is known for hiring, developing and retaining talent, offering a supportive workplace with opportunities for leadership development, respect for work-life balance and competitive wages.

Chick-fil-A restaurant team members appreciate having Sundays off, flexible schedules, and the family atmosphere fostered at the restaurant. Other benefits include scholarships for continuing education, a press release reads.

Over the years, Chick-fil-A, which employs more than 75,000 people through corporate positions and franchised locations, has provided more than $60 million to help pay for college.

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