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that’s because of our service motto and how we treat our guests. We continually increase in sales, year over year. That’s great momentum for us. I think we’re all concerned that if the economy goes a little bit south, if gas prices go up, or the economy does what it did a few years ago, that people have discretionary income to pay for going out to eat and stuff like that. There’s a concern there, but I’m not overly concerned that we would see a big drop off like some other franchise would. Now at Chick-Fil-A in Clayton, we’re growing like crazy. A lot of folks are getting on board. We are investing in this community and we feel the commu- nity investment back to us, and so we love that stuff. We know that’s coming back to us in many forms, so I hope that we continue to grow in the next five years. They’re possibly opening up one in Franklin, everyone crossing their fingers for that one, too. I think locally owned restaurants have something to offer that franchises can’t. That’s just the fact that they’re going to stick around (and) franchises will come and go. I think the other bad thing about fran- chises’ ownership (is that it’s) not local. How(ever), Chick-Fil-A is different in that way. I am local. This is my only restaurant and that’s the way Chick-Fil-A has it. It’s locally owned and operated. That’s how Chick- Fil-A is different than those other franchises. I think the restaurants that are local offer a different feel that is better than the franchises in many respects. You get to know the people. They normally live here. They care about the town. They invest locally. Franchises have a lot of money backing them; whereas locally owned may not have that backing. If they experience a downward turn in sales, it could put them out of busi- ness or in a bind. I support locally owned businesses and restaurants as much as I can because that’s a tough thing. I see that return coming back to Chick-Fil-A. I think that Chick-Fil-A is on the upswing. We are probably the top or the second sales growth and I think 40 About the Author: Ashlynn Blackwell My name is Ashlynn Blackwell, and I’m just a normal 12 year- old sixth grader. When I get older, I want to be a pediatri- cian. When I got my tonsils out, I saw the nice doctors and nurses who helped me and I wanted to be just like them. I wanted to be a person that helps others in times of need. Besides going to college and getting a degree, I need to be very caring about other people and listen to them right now, so I can be prepared when I become a nurse or doctor.