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Updated Feb 13, 2014 - 6:29 am

Peoria Chick-fil-A introduces a first for the franchise

A mouthwash dispenser at a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Peoria, Ariz., is shown. (KTAR photo/Bob McClay)

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Here's something you don't see every day at a fast-food restaurant.

The Chick-fil-A at 83rd Avenue and Bell Road has become the first in the franchise to install a mouthwash dispenser in its restrooms.

"My owner had gone to a few of very nice, five-star restaurants and seen mouthwash in the restrooms and (concluded) that it would be something very nice to offer our customers," said employee Ashley Eleanor Davis. "He found a place that sells the dispensers, and we installed them, and they're there!"

Davis said when a person comes out of the restrooms, she can always tell that they've used the mouthwash because of their "minty fresh" smell.

It's been a big hit with customers.

"Usually when they are getting ready to leave, they pull managers over and thank them for having mouthwash in the restroom and tell them that it's a really neat experience," Davis said.

One customer, Alan Smith, said that the dispenser is a "very progressive" idea. Billy North said that it could be a "great innovation for the fast food industry, and that it would be "especially (handy) if I have to go to a business meeting after lunch."

Davis said she thinks the idea is a service to customers that is completely in line with the company image.

"We have very much servants' hearts," she said. "We just like to make our customers feel very welcome, very at home, and to give them an experience where they feel the love of Christ through what we do."

About the Author

Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I live in north Phoenix with my wife Rene' and my son Devin.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: My Dad took me to see Jimmy Dean at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in the 1960's. It was before the Coliseum was built. The only thing I remember is Jimmy Dean singing his big hit "Big Bad John."

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Shiloh Community Church in Phoenix. Devin is a high school student at Scottsdale Christian Academy. He plays on the baseball, football, and basketball teams and sings in the choir. Obviously, we keep busy trying to go to all his events! We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and long road trips. We like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.


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