Spelman Grad Opens 2nd Chick-Fil-A
Did you know the youngest franchise owner in Chick-fil-A history is an hbcu grad?
At age 26, Ashley Lemothe became the youngest franchise owner in Chick-fil-A history!
Ashley started working at Chick-fil-A as a 15 year old. She used the money she earned to buy her first car. She loved the job so much, when she enrolled at Spelman College, she continued working at a restaurant near the campus as a director on the leadership team.
At the time, Ashley thought is was a great job to have while she pursued her degree in theatre. One day a manager pulled her aside and asked her about her career goals. His real recommendation was a career in leadership with the company.
Ashley had never considered it and it helped that someone saw that potential in her.
When she returned to Spelman, she decided to change her major to economics. This would help in her pursuit to achieve her dream of owning a Chick-fil-a restaurant. She achieved this dream in 2011, only five years after graduating from Spelman. She’s the owner of the Chick-fil-a across the street from the University of Southern California.
Ashley’s main focus is helping her team grow and develop. “I want to help them get to where they want to go, whether it’s a career with Chick-fil-A, or studying law or medicine, or anything. I want to help them make that next step, just like so many have done for me,” says Lamothe.
Lamothe's hard work is paying off. Most recently, she was awarded the company’s Symbol of Success, an honor reserved for Chick-fil-A Operators whose businesses experience particularly high sales growth.
“It’s humbling to be honored. But I feel like I’m just getting started,” says Lamothe.
We expect to see more big things from Ashley. She serves as a great role model for hbcu grads.