BANGOR (NEWS CENTER Maine) – The famous southern restaurant chain Chick-Fil-A made its big debut in Maine two years ago when franchise owner Todd Schultz opened the location in Bangor.
Schultz, who served in the military for 26 years, moved his family to the area after jumping across the country over the years.
"When I retired from the military I was like when I get out I want to actually create something--create opportunity for other people,” Schultz said.
By opening the restaurant, the business brought more than 75 jobs to the area. He admitted that it did not come without some risk though. Not only did he uproot his family, but he also introduced a new brand in a region where other significant brands were failing.
"There was definitely uncertainty there because there wasn't a Chick-Fil-A in Maine,” Shultz said. “So you never know how that's going to turn out and we just wanted to put our best foot forward."
He credits the strong workforce in Maine with the restaurant's success.
"The work ethic is very strong in Maine,” he said. “People are eager to work hard for a fair wage and it's been a very enjoyable experience building a team here."
It has all been worth it, according to Schultz. He has made a new home in Bangor and built a successful business.
"2016 was a tumultuous year but looking back on it, it was a great year,” he said. “This is definitely where we're meant to be. We're definitely blessed to be here and call this home now."
As for the next Chick-Fil-A location in Maine, Schultz said talks are still ongoing about a restaurant in the southern part of the stay. He said he plans to stick with Bangor though.