Chick-fil-A believes it has found the right men to run its new restaurants in Papillion and Bellevue.
Chick-fil-A introduced its owner-operators for Papillion, Kyle Schisler, and Bellevue, Tom Deall, during dedication ceremonies Wednesday. The quick-service restaurants are set to open Nov. 1.
Schisler grew up in the Atlanta area, where he said he developed a love of baseball. He played at Georgia College and fondly “remembers coming to the College World Series in Omaha with my dad when I was 11.'' Schisler moved to the Omaha area earlier this month.
Deall recently retired from the Air Force as a colonel after 26 years, and he served as a navigator on a B-52. Deall has more training to complete before moving to Bellevue, near Offutt Air Force Base, by Sept. 24.
Officials have said the restaurants, just southeast of 72nd Street and Giles Road in Papillion and on the northeast corner of 21st Street and Cornhusker Road in Bellevue, should generate about 150 full- and part-time jobs.
Omaha has two Chick-fil-As already in operation: at Mutual of Omaha (a location that is not open to the public) and inside Mutual of Omaha Bank's lobby at 33rd and Farnam Streets.
Company officials said they expect diners to line up outside the new restaurants before the Nov. 1 openings because the first 100 patrons at each will earn free, once-a-week meal privileges for a year.
Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy's conservative positions attracted attention recently around the country, including in Omaha, where earlier this month some criticized his views against same-sex marriage and supporters came out for “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.”
Schisler and Deall said they are encouraged to follow certain standards, but management does not push its conservative views.
“I'm an independent owner. This is my store,'' Deall said. “That independence ... I can't emphasize the independence enough. Period.''