Meet Ashley Lamothe, the HBCU Grad Who Became
Chick-Fil-A’s Youngest Black Franchise Owner At Age 26

When Ashley Lamothe started her job at Chic-Fil-A at 15, she had no idea the journey would lead to her becoming the company’s youngest owner at 26.

When Lamothe moved off to college, she decided to work at another location, just outside of Spelman College’s campus, as a director on the leadership team.

“At the time, I thought it was just a great job to have while pursuing my degree in theatre,” said Lamothe.

After considering her Operator’s advice, she switched her major to economics to begin her pursuit to someday owning her own Chick-Fil-A.

In 2011, Black Business reports that dream came true just five years after she graduated from Spelman.

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Her first restaurant was housed right across the street from the University of California. Her second was located just up the street in downtown LA.

Today, she’s most passionate about pouring into her team.
“I want to help them make that next step, just like so many have done for me."

Lamothe was recently awarded the company’s Symbol of Success, an honor set aside for Chick-Fil-A Operators whose businesses experience high sales growth.


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