Bristol Prepares to Eat More Chicken

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Bristol native Josh Horner has been working for Chick-fil-A since he was 16 years old, and he was thrilled Wednesday to open his own franchise at The Pinnacle.

And he was especially happy that the opening came during race week.

It’s been four months since the groundbreaking and it’s exciting to open our doors during race week,” he said. “Not every Chick-fil-A can say that they have the opportunity to have customers from 50 states and 12 countries in a week’s time, but we can.”

Bristol Tennessee Mayor Lea Powers said that Horner’s success should be a testament to every young person in Bristol.

“Josh made a really good step when he started his first job with Chick-fil-A when he was 16,” Powers said. “Look where that choice has led him.

Horton said filling out his first application at the Bristol Mall franchise was one of the best decisions he’s ever made.

“I grew up in Bristol and being able to come home and open up a restaurant here is pretty neat,” he said. “I started my Chick-fil-A career 19 years ago at the age of 16 so being able to come home and create 75 new jobs is very exciting for me.”

The Pinnacle is off of Interstate 81’s Exit 74.