The Chick-fil-A Hinesville Food Truck arrived in Glennville on Wednesday, March 9, 2022.
A ribbon-cutting event at 10:30 a.m. brought an enthusiastic group who have eagerly anticipated opening day. A large crowd gathered to welcome the Chick-fil-A food truck to enjoy their limited menu options.
The food truck will be located on Hwy. 301 S., next to the Mascot Pecan Company, on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Tarver family has graciously allowed the truck to utilize this space (in front of the former Schermer Pecan Company) at no charge.
John Weeks, a Glennville native, will be managing this truck in Glennville as well as the two other sites in Jesup and Richmond Hill.
Nick Westbrook, who is the Hinesville Chick-fil-A franchisee, commented on the relative uniqueness of these Chick-fil-A food trucks.
"We see that we are the pioneers for Chick-fil-A in these food trucks since this is one of only 12 in the entire nation for the company. The Glennville, Jesup, and Richmond Hill food truck locations are being served as an extension of my Chick-fil-A restaurant in Hinesville," Westbrook said.
He thanked those attending and other members of the banking community for their presence and commented that he banked with South Georgia Bank in Hinesville.
Westbrook moved five years ago from Atlanta to Hinesville and knew that he wanted to make a significant impact wherever he served in the Chick-fil-A family of restaurants.
"Three months ago, when I became aware of the food truck opportunity, I prayed that God would send the person needed to manage it," Westbrook said. "John Weeks, now our food truck manager, visited our organization about a different position about this same time. I was told that we did not need to let him go anywhere else.”
Weeks, who had previously served in the restaurant business for several years, welcomed the opportunity, especially when he realized that he would be coming to Glennville. He described Glennville as his "heart and home" and where he spent his childhood and teenage years.
"I feel God led me to this opportunity, and I have a passion to serve others. I can credit my mother (Bonnie Weeks) and lovely grandmother (late Hilda Brown), for their servant hearts that they instilled in me," Weeks said.
His mother, Bonnie Weeks, and John's sister, Mary Weeks, attended the ribbon cutting event.
"We have experienced a lot of anticipation in our community waiting for your arrival, and we hope you do quite well here," Glennville Mayor Bernie Weaver said.
"God bless your endeavor here in Glennville, and we wish you much success," Glennville City Manager Stan Dansby said.
"We welcome you to our community and are all so excited for your presence in our city and as our newest Glennville Chamber of Commerce member," Glennville Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shellie Smith said.
Pastor Mike Howard gave a prayer of blessing on the new venture in Glennville, and the food truck was open for business.