By MARK MCGEE
Katelyn Womack, the owner-operator of the Shelbyville Chick-fil-A, was officially welcomed to the area at a reception last week.
Sponsored by Traders Bank, the reception, featuring Chick-fil-A food items, was held in the Bob Garner Board Room inside the Cooper Steel Arena on the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Grounds. Tommy Anderton, president/CEO of Traders Bank welcomed the group.
Womack, her husband, Zach, and their six-year-old daughter, Caroline, have already relocated to Bedford County. She is a native of Olive Branch, Miss. Zach is a CPA.
“I want to be here and just be able support the community just like all of you do,” Katelyn said. “It is very important to me and my family.
“We have been welcomed with open arms. Everyone we have met has been incredibly kind. I am honored to be here.”
The ownership of a Chick-fil-A has been a 10-year journey for Katelyn. She has spent the past four years as the operating partner at two Chick-fil-A restaurants in Memphis, Tenn. Before that, she was director of operations for one restaurant.
“Chick-fil-A is just the best company you could ever dream of working for,” Katelyn said. “I feel incredibly humbled and happy to be here in Shelbyville.”
The new restaurant, which is under construction, will be 5,000 square feet with indoor seating for 75. There will also be an indoor playground. Drive-thru and curbside service will also be available.
Plans are to possibly open the restaurant by the end of this year, but no exact date has been set. The walls are up and paving for parking and drive-thru lanes is next.
“I want to do my best to insure we are the most hospitable organization and support the community,” Katelyn said. “I am very excited.”