This isn’t the first time she has made history. In 2011 at age 26, she became the youngest African-American female franchise owner in the history of the company.
Derby began her career at the fast food restaurant at age 15 as a team member. The goal was to earn extra money to buy a car, but she continued working there throughout her years at Spelman.
Although she was initially a theater major, she switched to economics after one of her bosses pulled her aside to encourage her to pursue positions in leadership with the company.
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Following graduation, she spent three years completing Chick-fil-A management and development programs, which helped her become the owner and operator of a location near the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
Now, she’s preparing to set up shop at a new spot.
"The energy in downtown L.A. is palpable," Derby said in a press release. "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."
The 6,500-square-foot building, which will be located at 7th & Figueroa, will employ about 80 full- and part-time employees and have seating for up to 80 people. The grand opening is Thursday, Apr. 26.
In the meantime, learn more about the Atlantan’s journey below.
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