Today I had the pleasure of attending the Grand Opening and ribbon cutting of the new Chick-fil-A on Collins Street. This establishment is the largest Chick-fil-A in the Republic of Texas. It is the third largest in the United States, and it is right here in North Arlington. The proprietor is Ms. Carmenza Moreno, and she is simply a spectacular individual. She is the first Hispanic female to own a Chick-fil-A franchise, and she has been so successful in her current location that she decided to expand rather than purchase another franchise. Chick-fil-A corporate philosophy is based on Christian views and values. All Chick-fil-A stores are closed on Sundays so that their employees can attend church and recognize the Sabbath. Ms. Moreno is such a giving person that she takes this opportunity to allow charities to utilize her parking lot for events that are scheduled on Sundays when the store is closed. Organizations such as the Lamar High School Band and Big Brothers and Big Sisters are among the charities that benefit from Ms. Moreno’s generosity.
I would like to think that Carmenza’s Grand Opening, coupled with Champions Park and eventually Stadium View projects will continue investment in our community. Events such as these will regenerate interest in the Collins corridor and make a significant contribution in revitalizing commerce in North Arlington.