Trailblazing Journey: Former Malvern Chick-Fil-A Employee Becomes First Black Woman to Open PA Franchise

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Sereena Quick, formerly a federal probation officer and employee at Malvern Chick-Fil-A, has recently established her own franchise in North Philadelphia, as reported by Brian A. Saunders for Philly Voice.

This achievement marks Quick as the first Black woman to own a Chick-fil-A in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.

Quick commenced her professional journey as a juvenile probation officer in Philadelphia, later relocating to San Francisco. During her time there, she developed a connection with a local Chick-Fil-A owner who served as her mentor, sparking her interest in owning a restaurant.

Upon returning home, Quick continued to expand her expertise in the food service industry. Subsequently, after dedicating 13 years to law enforcement, she took a bold step by joining the grand opening team at a Chick-Fil-A in Malvern.

Quick attributes her success to the guidance and leadership of Chris Walsh, the operator of the Malvern restaurant. She acknowledges Walsh’s exceptional mentorship, stating, “Chris went above and beyond in teaching me how to think, act, and lead as an operator.

He empowered me with the autonomy to run the business as if it were my own, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity I had in his restaurant.


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