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Spelman graduate set to open the first Chick-fil-A in downtown Los Angeles

Ashley Derby’s story is a testimony of how you can climb the ladder of success through perseverance and ambition.  The 26 year-old Atlanta native was chosen to become the franchise owner of the first Chick-Fil-A location  in downtown Los Angeles.

Derby started working at the fast-food restaurant  when she was 15 years-old to buy her first car. From there, she continued working for the company while attending Spelman College. In 2011, she moved to Los Angeles where she became one of the youngest franchise owners in Chick-fil-A history, managing the location at he University of Southern California.

“I cannot wait to become a part of this growing neighborhood, and I look forward to welcoming our guests with hand-crafted food and hospitality,” Derby says in a press release.

She says she’s always had a passion to help people grow as professionals and a team-spirit attitude.  Derby was awarded Chick-fil-A’s Champion’s Club award, which is given to managers whose businesses have had high growth and success.

Derby’s  restaurant will be called Chick-fil-A 7th & Figueroa. The 6,500 square-foot restaurant will be located on South Figueroa Street and will occupy  two-stories.