Odds Stacked against Chick-fil-A Franchisee Aspirants

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The rumor is that it's almost easier to pass through the eye of a needle than to become a Chick-fil-A franchisee. Many apply, but few are chosen.

With the average Chick fil-A store making roughly $4 million in sales annually, the highest out of QSR's top 50 American fast food restaurants, it's easy to see why so many people are interested in franchising the popular chicken restaurant.

The likelihood of ever becoming a franchisee, however, is slim. Chick fil-A receives nearly 40,000 franchisee inquires annually and only ends up approving roughly 100 applications, according to the Washington Post.

After making the initial online application, Chick fil-A conducts in person and video interviews with the top candidates, assessing their business acumen and their suitability for the position. In some instances, the company may even contact friends, family and former business partners, according to Business Insider. —Renwick Wilson, Fox Business

What does it take to become a Chick-fil-A operator (the firm's name for franchisee) besides the very low $10,000 fee? According to their website,

Thousands apply each year and relatively few are chosen. But, we are always looking for those select few who are strong leaders with proven track records in business leadership, results-oriented self-starters and are willing to devote their best personal efforts toward starting and growing a business while giving back to their communities. —Katie Joiner, Five Myths About Becoming a Chick-fil-A Franchisee (The Chicken Wire)

According to a few sources, franchisees do not have to be Christians:

Operators do not need to be Christian, but must be willing to close the restaurant on Sundays, espouse Christian values and be willing to participate in group prayers during training and management meetings. —Lisa Magloff, Chron