Chick-fil-A’s new Carlsbad restaurant

Restaurant Brings Approximately 100 Full- and Part-Time Jobs to Community

A new Chick-fil-A® restaurant began serving the Carlsbad community on Thursday, June 20, 2024. Chick-fil-A, Inc. has selected Tyler Reese as the independent franchised local Owner-Operator of Chick-fil-A Carlsbad West.

Located at 5848 Avenida Encinas, Chick-fil-A Carlsbad West will be open for dine-in, carry-out, catering pickup and delivery from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

The Carlsbad West restaurant joins 19 other Chick-fil-A restaurants serving the wider San Diego market. Chick-fil-A’s franchise model is essential to how the restaurant serves others. Most Chick-fil-A restaurants are owned and operated by a single individual, which means Chick-fil-A’s local Owner-Operators are small business owners, not passive investors, who work in their restaurants side by side with their Team Members each day.

 Locally Owned and Operated

In Carlsbad, Reese will be responsible for all day-to-day activities of the business, including employing approximately 100 full- and part-time Team Members, serving Guests, cultivating relationships with local organizations and businesses, and tailoring philanthropic efforts to meet the Carlsbad community’s needs.

Reese has always felt a sense of home in Carlsbad, from graduating high school locally to working his first job in the area. He started his career with Chick-fil-A as a Team Member in 2009, where he immediately fell in love with the restaurant environment. He worked every position at Chick-fil-A San Marcos, and was eventually named Director of Operations, where he was able to grow his network in the San Diego area. In 2015, his role expanded to include Chick-fil-A Escondido, overseeing staffing, operations and finance for both restaurants.

“My positions at Chick-fil-A Escondido and Chick-fil-A San Marcos helped me realize how impactful serving our communities as a local Owner-Operator can be,” noted Reese. “The mentorship I experienced from my local Owner-Operator, Jordan Ciervo, helped guide me toward my next steps in life, and I hope to show that same level of care in providing leadership opportunities and developing my team.”

Over the next few years, Reese and his family traveled the country after he joined the Chick-fil-A® Leadership Development Program, assisting eight local Owner-Operators as they prepared to open their restaurants. Now, he is thrilled to open his own restaurant and fulfill his dream of returning to Southern California with his family. Reese is looking forward to giving back to a community near to his heart through partnerships with local youth sports and leadership organizations.

“Carlsbad is the center of our lives,” said Reese. “We are so excited to open a restaurant that can serve as a home away from home for Team Members, Guests and community members. Coming back to open a restaurant in Carlsbad, not far from where I started my first job, is so special and I cannot wait to serve the area with our delicious food and signature hospitality.”


Caring for the
Carlsbad Community

The Chick-fil-A business is built to add positive impact beyond profit, including giving back to local communities. Chick-fil-A local Owner-Operators are empowered to support the neighborhoods they serve with a key focus on hunger, education, and specific community needs.

In celebration of the opening, Chick-fil-A, Inc. has donated $25,000 to Feeding America to support local hunger relief efforts of Feeding San Diego, a Feeding America partner food bank, in honor of the new restaurant.

Reese’s restaurant will plan to participate 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. To date, more than 25 million meals have been created from Chick-fil-A Shared Table donations from over 2,000 Chick-fil-A restaurants throughout the U.S. and Canada.

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


Team Member Investment

Chick-fil-A local Owner-Operators strive to hire, develop and retain top talent, helping future leaders optimize their skills and providing pathways for personal and professional development in a welcoming, purpose-driven environment. A career at Chick-fil-A offers a wide range of benefits, including hands-on training and mentoring, competitive pay and benefits, the chance to apply for scholarships to support continued education, and the flexibility to thrive in and outside of work. Chick-fil-A’s local Owner-Operators are committed to preparing their team for the future, wherever it may lead. To learn more about careers at Chick-fil-A, click here.

Delicious Food; Outstanding Customer Service

Chick-fil-A is known for creating a welcoming, remarkable restaurant experience, starting with friendly service, a warm welcome and quality food, including the original Chick-fil-A® Chicken Sandwich.  

Made with a real, whole, boneless breast of chicken with no added fillers, the breaded chicken is pressure cooked in fully-refined peanut oil. To complement the great-tasting chicken, fresh produce is delivered to Chick-fil-A restaurants up to six times a week for the best quality and flavor.

Guests of Chick-fil-A Carlsbad West can place an order for pickup, dine-in, or delivery on the Chick-fil-A® App or online. When joining the Chick-fil-A One® tiered membership program, Chick-fil-A One members receive points on every qualifying purchase which can be used to redeem available rewards. To view delivery options in the area, click here.

For the latest news and updates on Chick-fil-A Carlsbad West visit the local restaurant’s Facebook page and follow along on Instagram. For more information about Chick-fil-A and stories about the Brand’s food, people and customers across the country, visit

About Chick-fil-A, Inc. 

Chick-fil-A, Inc. is the third largest quick-service restaurant company in the United States, known for its freshly-prepared food, signature hospitality and unique franchise model. More than 200,000 Team Members are employed by independent owner-operators in more than 3,000 restaurants across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. In 2023, the company shared plans to expand by 2030 into Europe and Asia.

 Chick-fil-A owner-operators live and work in the communities their restaurants serve, each supporting local efforts to address hunger, education, and making a positive impact. The family-owned and privately held company was founded in 1967 by S. Truett Cathy. 

More information on Chick-fil-A is available at and @ChickfilANews.