The second time around was the charm for Jay Early.
Six years ago, he was in line for his own Chick-fil-A franchise when he was deployed to Iraq for a year with the 77th Brigade Combat Team of the Army National Guard, based in Houston.
“I was actually up for a store in 2004,” Early said. “But my (National Guard) unit was activated, and we went to Iraq in 2005. That put everything on hold.”
All told, he’s been working with the company for almost seven years now, trying to get his own store, and Thursday his dream became a reality.