Talk about Black Girl Magic.
Miss Ashley Lamothe became one of the youngest franchisers of Chick-fil-A at the age of 26. The Spelman College graduate owns the Chick-fil-A restaurant across from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
Lamothe began her Chick-fil-A journey in Atlanta, Georgia at the age of 15-years-old. She needed a job to earn money to purchase her first car; however, she ended up liking the job and when it came time to attend Spelman College, she began working at the Chick-fil-A restaurant near campus as a director on the leadership team. She was already setting up her path to one day be a franchise with the restaurant.
“At the time, I thought it was just a great job to have while pursuing my degree in theatre,” Ashley explained.
Her restraint Operator had witnessed her headwork and dedication and pulled her to the side one day and asked her about her long-term goals and recommended a career in leadership.
“I’d never considered it. Sometimes you just need someone to help you see your potential,” she stated.
Shortly after, Lamothe changed her major to economics to pursue owing her own Chick-fil-A restaurant , a dream she achieved in 2011, only five years after graduating from college. Her passion is to help her team grow.
“I want to help them get to where they want to go, whether it 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,” she explains.
Most recently, Ashley Lamothe was awarded the company’s Symbol of Success, an hour reserved for Chick-fil-A Operators whose businesses experience particularly high sales growth. She has also opened up her second restaurant, which had it’s grand opening in Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 24.
“It’s humbling to be honored. But I feel like I’m just getting started,” Lamothe said.