Meet “Mr. and Mrs. Chick-fil-A,” The Elderly Couple Serving Up Smiles in Nacogdoches, Texas
The Krantzes have been clocking in and out together at the Nacogdoches Chick-fil-A for the better part of a decade.
If you’ve had the pleasure of dining at the Chick-fil-A in Nacogdoches, Texas, you’ve probably run into Ruth and Tim Krantz, the elderly couple affectionately known as “Mr. and Mrs. Chick-fil-A.”
The Krantzes aren’t owners or managers, they’re just two regular employees, and they’ve been clocking in and out together at the Chick-fil-A at 2804 North Street for the better part of a decade. And they’ve become local celebrities along the way.
"I passed by my husband and said I'm going to go ask him for a job and he said 'knock your lights out tater-chip'," Ruth recalled. "And so I just walked up to him and I asked him what was the chances of two old people that wanted a flexible schedule going to work for him."
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And they’ve been working there ever since, delivering food, smiles, a prayer or two, and the occasional magic trick.
"It's immeasurable," restaurant director Ramsey Parr, told East Texas Matters. "The community loves Tim and Ruth like they just love them. Being in a small town it's awesome. Wherever they go they're Mr. and Mrs. Chick-fil-A."
For the Krantzes, who are both in their 70s, working is a reason to get up every morning. And working with people young enough to be their grandkids just adds to the fun. "We love them just as if they were and most of these young ones are our bosses," said Ruth. "It's just an enjoyment to come and be a part of something that's worth while."
And Tim and Ruth agree that retirement is not in God's plan for them.
"Don't retire, don't sit down and do nothing," Ruth advised. "The Lord can always use you and you can always be a blessing."