Your wedding day. Without a doubt, it's one of the most significant events you will ever experience - when you and the love of your life officially seal the deal and get married. On this day, your friends and family will gather to celebrate the next step in your life. Photographers will be running around snapping photos, catering plates delicious food for guests to enjoy, and the DJ sets the mood for a night of fun and libation. You've worked extra hard to make everything look perfect and run smoothly. You have examined every moving part down to the tiniest detail. At the center of all your effort is your wedding venue in Manning, SC.
Your event space can mean the difference between an unforgettable event and an average occasion. Capturing your uniqueness as a couple is paramount to a memorable wedding. But, without the right venue location and staff, your unforgettable event can turn into a painfully average occasion. Fortunately, at Abney Hall, you won't ever have to worry about dingy reception spaces and crummy chow halls.
Constructed in Manning, SC, in 1962, Abney Hall is 15,000 square feet and sits on 500 acres of land, making it a large wedding venue unlike any other. Abney Hall was originally the home of Mrs. Josephine Abney, a Manning native who was a lifelong philanthropist. Mrs. Abney devoted much of her time and effort towards supporting charities, educational institutions, hospitals, and other noble efforts. Today, Abney Hall stands tall as a symbol of love, both in our community and for the couples who choose to get married here.
Abney Hall is an exclusive event experience unlike any other, surrounded by verdant forests and sparkling ponds. Our venue is a natural fit for several occasions, including:
The beginning of your life starts at Abney Hall. With our team by your side, we can create the fairy tale wedding you have dreamed about since childhood. Whether you have 100 guests or 1,000, our waterfront ceremony locations and French-inspired courtyard are perfect for your big day. Celebrate in luxurious style surrounded by shady magnolia trees, a private forest, large ponds, and the beauty of Mother Nature. While our venue location and aesthetic have been praised far and wide, so too have the practical aspects of Abney Hall. Looking for a relaxing, comfortable spot for your bridal party to get ready in? We offer an entire floor in the Abney Hall residence to get the bridal party ready. Want to make your groomsman feel extra-special too? We've got a private, plush house just feet from a sparkling pond that is a proper hangout spot for the guys in your group.
To make life easier on you, we also offer Abney Hall as your go-to spot for rehearsal dinners. Why book an expensive restaurant or travel to another location when unmatched beauty and convenience are right at your fingertips? Abney Hall is just the place for that very important dinner the night before your big day. We are also happy to host your bridal shower at Abney Hall. Our venue makes for one of Manning's most unique bridal shower settings, where your family and friends can gather to give gifts and be merry before you walk down the aisle.
With such a large, magnificent house and a vast property, Abney Hall also makes for an unforgettable location for your bridal portraits and other wedding-related photography needs. Don't take our word for it - book a tour and see for yourself why so many new brides and grooms choose Abney Hall as their wedding venue in Manning.
You've already found the person you want to spend the rest of your life beside. The next step? Finding the perfect wedding venue for your ceremony, reception, and celebration of your lifelong commitment to one another. Remember, the backdrop for photos, dancing, eating, and all other activities will be at your wedding venue. That's why we work so hard to set Abney Hall apart from our competitors - so you and your guests can focus on love and living your new life while we work with your vendors and photographers to make your magic night a reality.
Here are just a few reasons why guests choose Abney Hall as their wedding venue in Manning, SC, along with some helpful tips from our experienced wedding venue staff:
Choosing the appropriate-sied venue for your desired guest count is a critical decision. A venue's capacity affects the number of people you need to consider having at your ceremony and reception. As you're first starting out, we recommend having a guest count in mind as you're searching for the right venue. Try to stick with that number. You may fall in love with a particular venue, but if its max capacity can't accommodate your guest count, it may be time to cross them off your list.
Keep in mind that this is your big day. You shouldn't feel obligated to invite the college roommate you shared a dorm with for one semester. At the end of the day, your wedding venue should be one that can accommodate those closest to you. Abney Hall is equipped for both small and large weddings, consisting of 500 acres of forest, ponds, and lush natural beauty. Whether you want an intimate wedding with only your best friends or a grand ceremony with hundreds of people, we have the right amount of room to make you comfortable.
On your big day, you're likely to have friends and family traveling in from other parts of the state or country. These folks will need a place to stay during and even after your wedding. Accessibility and ease are important factors when it comes to choosing your wedding venue for both you and your guests.
Located in Manning, SC, Abney Hall is situated in a memorable, natural setting, giving your wedding a private vibe in the midst of Mother Nature. While we pride ourselves on having a secluded wedding event space, our venue is within an easy driving distance of hotels and vacation rentals.
When you contact us for a tour, make sure to speak with our experienced venue manager about nearby hotels and shuttle service options. We understand that your guest's comfort and convenience are important, and we're happy to work with you to figure out the best way to get your guests to Abney Hall.
At Abney Hall, our staff has earned its reputation as one of the industry's most friendly, accessible teams. We will provide you with a purpose-minded point of contact that can help answer questions relating to timelines, preferred vendors, and every aspect of your wedding. When you tour our wedding venue in Manning, SC, for the first time, we want you to feel like you have all the information you need to make an informed purchasing decision.
At Abney Hall, our goal is to be your first resource when it comes to setting up and coordinating the details of your wedding day.
When it comes to your wedding's decor, you probably already have a few ideas in mind. We love it when our brides and grooms have a vision in mind because one of our greatest joys is turning that vision into a reality. At Abney Hall, our team is available to help you and your decorator fit, accent, and accommodate your fairy-tale wedding - whatever that may be.
Are you looking to dress up your wedding with decorations galore? Just want to add a few accents that tie into your preferred color palette? Abney Hall is versatile and ready to help however we are able.
If you're thinking about bringing in your own greenery, lighting, floral pieces, and more, we recommend discussing your vision with us on your initial tour of our event space. That way, we can get a head start on making your big day exactly how you envision it.
10 years from now, when you and your spouse are celebrating your anniversary, you will pull out photographs from your wedding and will reminisce about the unforgettable time you spent at Abney Hall. Your wedding photos will be with you forever, and as such, we work closely with you and your photographer to suggest extra-special photo op spots that you can only find on Abney Hall grounds.
From the grand staircase and French-inspired courtyard to our manicured gardens and lovely pond, there is no shortage of photo-op locations for your photographer to choose from. As one of the most popular wedding venues in Manning, SC, we have worked with dozens of photographers over the years.
Our experience has allowed us to cultivate a list of preferred photographers - all of whom have the talent to take your pictures to the next level in a setting they're familiar with. We encourage you to check out our gallery to get a sense of the scope of our wedding venue and gain inspiration from other happy couples.
The gallery on our website is extensive but be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram pages as well. We keep our social pages updated with recent wedding photographs, giving you an incredible resource that you can use for your own photography purposes.
Abney Hall is known across the United States for our stunning weddings, but we also play host to some of the largest corporate events in South Carolina. Why choose a bland, lifeless meeting space when you can enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature coupled with a professional atmosphere? If you have an important team-building event or corporate conference that you have to coordinate, look no further than Abney Hall.
The epitome of class and style, our corporate event space is large, lavish, and chock-full of onsite amenities for you and your co-workers to enjoy. If your team needs a morale boost, don't bring them to the local Olive Garden for a cheap lunch. Treat them to a refreshing experience in our main dining room, where we can work with you to incorporate your catering options with the goals of your event.
When the hard work is done, and your team needs a breather, what better way to relax than with a quick dip in our pool? To burn off a little steam, head over to our brand-new tennis court - the perfect place to get some exercise in an ultra-private setting while you enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Don't forget to bring your fishing poles for a couple of hours of fishing. There's even an opportunity to go hunting if you wish.
If you're ready to learn more about Abney Hall as your wedding venue, don't hesitate to reach out. We would love to hear more about your plans, your vision, and your needs. We know that planning a wedding isn't easy. It takes time, attention to detail, and a whole lot of patience. Our goal is to help provide you with all the info you need to learn more about our venue. Once you decide on a date, we'll work closely with you and your vendors to craft a wedding experience that you will treasure for the rest of your life.
Our available dates for your big day are going quick, especially during peak seasons like spring and fall. We look forward to hearing from you soon!Contact us today for a FREE initial consultation
The long-neglected story of South Carolinians who fought in Vietnam is about to be told, as it’s never been told before.On Veterans Day – Friday, Nov. 11, 2022 – the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum will proudly present a major exhibit that’s been years in the making. It’s called, “A War With No Front Lines: South Carolina and the Vietnam War, 1965-1973.” Learn more about it at this special website: https://scinvietnam.com/.In the Second World War, anyone could ...
The long-neglected story of South Carolinians who fought in Vietnam is about to be told, as it’s never been told before.
On Veterans Day – Friday, Nov. 11, 2022 – the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum will proudly present a major exhibit that’s been years in the making. It’s called, “A War With No Front Lines: South Carolina and the Vietnam War, 1965-1973.” Learn more about it at this special website: https://scinvietnam.com/.
In the Second World War, anyone could follow how the fight was going by looking at a map. There was the front line, clearly drawn. Vietnam wasn’t like that. Not only were there no clear battle lines, it was a war in which Americans often didn’t know who the enemy was.
It was also a major turning point in our history. This war, unlike most of its predecessors, divided America. It changed Americans’ very concept of our country – not only our ideas of how we should interact with the rest of the world, but how we related to each other at home, and especially to our government.
For many thousands of South Carolinians, as has always been the case in our nation’s history, it meant military service. Those who served in Southeast Asia have powerful stories to tell, and this exhibit will proudly tell them.
Admission is free on Friday and Saturday. Everyone needs to see this.
Visitors will be immersed not only in the stories, but also in the environments that our veterans experienced. They will get a glimpse of what it was like fighting in the jungle, in the Mekong Delta, and in the cities of South Vietnam. They will pass through thick foliage, encounter soldiers wading through a rice paddy, and enter the wreckage of a street in Hue during the Tet Offensive.
They will encounter such artifacts as:
Alex Miller’s orders to Vietnam – They were in his pocket when the mine went off. He came home seriously wounded.
Cutaways of M16 and AK-47 – See how these ubiquitous automatic weapons worked.
Uniform worn by Gen. William Westmoreland – The officer in command of it all was also from South Carolina.
The Flaherty letters – Steve Flaherty was born Yoshiaki Ushiroda in Japan in 1947 to a Japanese mother and an unknown American father. He would become the All-American boy, and give his life in the A Shau Valley.
Chief Boatswain’s Mate James Elliott Williams’ uniform – Williams, a Cherokee from South Carolina, received the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions of October 31, 1966.
Telegram to Rosanna Salley – James Salley’s wife received the message that all loved ones back home dreaded.
And much more. Exhibit cases will be filled with what these veterans wore, what they read, and what they carried into battle.
At noon on the day the exhibit opens, a free lecture will be offered. Many came home from Vietnam with post-traumatic stress disorder – as soldiers in previous conflicts suffered from “shell shock” and “combat fatigue.” Mike Miller, former lead historian and head archivist of the Marine Corps History Division, will talk about what these veterans had in common, and how they were different. Read more about this and other recent programs related to Vietnam: https://scinvietnam.com/news/.
The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Veterans Day.
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Provalus' Newest Operation Will Bring Over 100 New Tech Jobs to Clarendon CountyMANNING, S.C., Aug. 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ --WHEN: August 18, 2022, 11am Continue Reading PARTICIPANTS: Secretary of Commerce, Harry M Lightsey, III, Chair of County Council, Dwight ...
Provalus' Newest Operation Will Bring Over 100 New Tech Jobs to Clarendon County
MANNING, S.C., Aug. 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ --
WHEN: August 18, 2022, 11am
PARTICIPANTS: Secretary of Commerce, Harry M Lightsey, III, Chair of County Council, Dwight L. Stewart, Jr., Representative Kimberly O. Johnson, House District 64, Mayor Julia Nelson, Community Leaders of Clarendon County, South Carolina Community and Provalus President Laura Chevalier as well as Provalus Vice President of Facilities, Will Ruzic.
WHERE: 34 N. Brooke Street, Manning, SC 29102
Provalus, the managed services brand of Optomi Professional Services, will celebrate the opening of its third technology innovation center in Manning, South Carolina on August 18th with a ribbon cutting ceremony. After two years in a temporary space, the team is grateful for the collaboration and hard work to secure a permanent location in Manning. The downtown facility will provide new business and technology jobs to Clarendon County.
The Central SC Alliance members, Manning Mayor Julia A. Nelson and state and community officials will be recognized for their support of the project, which is projected to have a multi-million dollar economic impact on the local community over the next five years.
The proximity of this technology innovation center to the Optomi Professional Services office in Charlotte, NC increases opportunity for Provalus to provide outsourced managed services to the robust client base of the area. Provalus specializes in Professional Services including Business Process Optimization, Infrastructure Operations (HD, IAM, NOC, SOC) and Application & ITO Support.
Provalus is elevating under-employed individuals by providing technology, business and support positions to undiscovered talent in the U.S. By up-skilling local American talent, Provalus is able to provide Fortune-listed companies with the dependable, quality, and practical services they need.
"The opening of our newest technology center in Manning is the next step in our ongoing mission to bring jobs back to the U.S., especially to rural areas," says Laura Chevalier, President of Provalus. "We want to thank all involved for facilitating the process of making this facility a reality in Manning. The revitalization of this 1919 building is a great step toward rejuvenating the business in town. The local economic growth will be substantial. We believe services that have been traditionally outsourced overseas can be delivered better right here from the U.S. Manning is an ideal town for us to achieve this goal. We look forward to working with the Clarendon County community to develop and employ local individuals to deliver IT solutions."
For its new technology innovation center in downtown Manning, Provalus has renovated the Belk Building, a two-story red brick building built in 1919 that was the first shopping mall in Clarendon County. Located at 34 N. Brooke Street, the previously vacant building is the largest storefront in the main business section of downtown Manning and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Provalus already employs dozens of people in Manning. Individuals interested in joining the Provalus team should visit provalus.com/apply.
ABOUT THE PROVALUS BRAND OF OPTOMI PROFESSIONAL SERVICES:
We hire and develop the best and brightest undiscovered talent in our small towns and rural communities to deliver a remarkable experience for our technology clients and end-users alike. Provalus offers ITO, BPO and Support services that compete head-on with offshore outsourcing. By creating opportunities where there were none; with companies that believe in America's future, Provalus is generating a superior workforce. We provide Fortune-listed companies the dependable, quality and practical services they need... straight from the heart of America. We are purposefully disruptive... PROVIDING OUTSOURCING VALUE FROM THE U.S.
How will you remember 2022? Ten victories, high in the poll for a while or one devastating defeat? Hendon Hooker brilliance, losing streaks stopped or damage linked to South Carolina’s 63 points?Hooker’s five touchdown passes to Jalin Hyatt against Alabama or Hooker’s knee injury without a Gamecock at fault?How about 56-0 over Vanderbilt, poor Vanderbilt?Tennessee defeated Florida, 38-33, to end the Gators’ demoralizing monopoly. Almost all of the spirited crowd (101,915) celebrat...
How will you remember 2022? Ten victories, high in the poll for a while or one devastating defeat? Hendon Hooker brilliance, losing streaks stopped or damage linked to South Carolina’s 63 points?
Hooker’s five touchdown passes to Jalin Hyatt against Alabama or Hooker’s knee injury without a Gamecock at fault?
How about 56-0 over Vanderbilt, poor Vanderbilt?
Tennessee defeated Florida, 38-33, to end the Gators’ demoralizing monopoly. Almost all of the spirited crowd (101,915) celebrated. Josh Heupel was very happy.
“Man, what a great night on Rocky Top. The energy inside the stadium was electric. It was unbelievable. It even surpassed my expectations. The Vol Walk was unlike anything I’ve ever seen as a player or coach. The fans were a huge part of the win.”
Coach, Coach, it was a great game but it sure wasn’t a knockout.
The short version of what happened was a sensational quarterback shootout with unusual statistics. There weren’t many defensive stops.
Hooker was some degree of great – 22 of 28 for 349 yards and two touchdowns plus 13 runs for 112 more yards and another score. Florida’s Anthony Richardson set a career high with 453 yards passing. He threw for two TDs and got two on the ground.
Tennessee’s pass defense was suspect.
How about Brunch in Baton Rouge? Crisp Vols, favored by three, won by 27. Tennessee was 20 ahead before the bumbling Tigers realized the game had started. Usually passionate LSU fans surrendered “Death Valley” to the visitors’ celebration. Love Louisiana kickoffs at 11 a.m. CST.
Tennessee’s defense earned a full share of applause. Vols sacked Tiger quarterback Jayden Daniels five times. LSU’s running attack was knocked down to 55 yards on 28 tries. Defensive back Dee Williams, idled the first four games, turned his first touch into a 58-yard punt return.
Brian Kelly, former Notre Dame coach with the $95-million contract, helped the Vols. His fourth-down calls went bad.
“We have to coach better,” he said.
An LSU fan was more emphatic: “Brian Kelly looks more and more like a supremely expensive mistake.”
Alabama domination ended on Oct. 15. One Tide fan saw the significance: “When you beat Alabama, you rush the field, tear down goalposts and jump up in the polls. You deserve it.”
In westwords, it was a Vol victory for the ages. Readers were invited to pick their own adjective – amazing, sensational or historic.
Tennessee got a winning 40-yard field goal from Chase McGrath as time expired. It was an ugly knuckleball that limped over the crossbar but stunned Alabama, 52-49, and accomplished so much.
It stopped the Tide’s 15-year monopoly. It set off a spectacular celebration. It raised Tennessee’s record to 6-0. Dozens of recruits must have wondered if college football gets any better – anytime, anywhere.
“What an environment!” exclaimed Heupel. The full house was loud and rambunctious. The student section limited communications at the south end and may have been a factor in the 17 Alabama infractions that cost 130 yards.
This was a forever offensive show – 569 yards for Alabama, only two less for Tennessee.
Hook had a Heisman look – 21 of 30 passes, 385 yards, five TDs to Hyatt.
Alabama missed what could have been the decisive field goal – with 15 seconds to go. Tennessee, at the wrong end of the field, could have played for overtime. It went for the win.
Hooker threw to Ramel Keyton for 18. Bru McCoy made a big-boy catch for 27. McGrath hit the three-pointer. What happened next felt like an earthquake.
Fans, mostly students, streamed onto Shields-Watkins Field. Dr. Danny White gets to decide whether the fun was worth the $100,000 conference fine.
Hyatt, indeed, had a spectacular game. Alabama never figured out what to do about the swift receiver. Six catches produced 207 yards. His five touchdowns tied the Southeastern Conference record. Two Tide safeties now know they can’t run as fast. For some reason, Tide coaches never changed the defensive concept.
Give this some thought:
Kentucky 6 0 0 0 – 6
Tennessee 7 20 10 7 – 44
Here are the headlines: Vols clobber Wildcats; Tennessee defense dominates; Hyatt sets touchdown record; Kentucky loses comparison of quarterbacks.
UK coach Mark Stoops told the truth. He said the better team won. He told his players 44-6 was no accident.
“Tennessee beat us in virtually every area, outcoached us, outplayed us.”
Georgia inflicted the first loss on Tennessee. It wasn’t awful but it hurt. Simply bouncing back wasn’t going to be enough. Now I ask you, did scoring 66 against Missouri mean Heup deliberately ran up the score?
Tennessee’s reserve offense put together a late scoring drive. A 58-yard pass from Joe Milton to freshman receiver Squirrel White put the ball on the Tigers’ 1. At issue was whether the Vols should have taken a knee in such a situation or was it OK to play football until the game was over.
The Vols played. Dylan Sampson scored. Thirty-six seconds remained. TV analyst Rick Neuheisel said the added touchdown could come back to haunt Heupel.
Kind, loving, charitable fans thought the Vols were very rude.
“Nine touchdowns and a field goal, a school-record 724 yards in total offense and quite a few style points,” said westwords at the time.
In celebration of Senior Day, Hooker delivered in high style – 25-of-34 for 355 yards and three TDs. He ran for 54 yards and another score. He became No. 5 on Tennessee’s career list with 55 TD passes in a season and three-fourths. We realized he might not catch No. 1 Peyton Manning. He had 89.
Hooker did match Manning in colorful post-game showmanship. He climbed a little ladder and played conductor for the Pride of the Southland band. Peyton did that on his Senior Day.
South Carolina 63, Tennessee 35 was among the all-time worst UT defensive performances. Some of us thought the Gamecocks couldn’t possibly score that many if all the Vols were trying.
The Jeremy Banks controversy, suspension, lack of defensive effort, devastating defeat, unforgettable? Add up all that was lost. Will you ever forget Hook’s knee blowing out?
Vanderbilt was some version of helpless. Tennessee set a record for long runs. Milton took care of the ball, played hit and miss, made a few big throws. Smart coaches devised a running game plan for foul weather.
Do you consider 2022 a good or great season or will it forever be what might have been?
Three weeks after an EF-2 tornado swept through Manning, residents are still cleaning up the destruction left behind.MANNING, S.C. — Some residents in the Midlands are still cleaning up the mess left after multiple tornadoes touched down on April 5th.Manning resident Myles Lee said he was shocked to see the power of wind."It’s just going to take...
Three weeks after an EF-2 tornado swept through Manning, residents are still cleaning up the destruction left behind.
MANNING, S.C. — Some residents in the Midlands are still cleaning up the mess left after multiple tornadoes touched down on April 5th.
Manning resident Myles Lee said he was shocked to see the power of wind.
"It’s just going to take weeks and weeks and weeks to get back to where we were," Lee said. "It's gonna take time. The contractor said it's gonna take about four weeks until they can come, so it's pretty much a waiting game."
Lee told News 19 this was the home he and his brothers grew up in.
"It's kinda like a safe place, it's our sanctuary," Lee said. "That house is like my mom's baby, so she's a little upset about it, but really they fared well. They need a roof, windows, and a lot of the inside's torn out, so it could’ve been a lot worse than it is, but still a lot to deal with."
On April 5, an EF-2 tornado touched down in Manning, destroying more than a dozen homes in one community.
Lee explains, they are waiting for a structural review to see if anything shifted and if the home will be condemned.
"My dad said it was every bit of 15 seconds that you had to think about what in the world you’re gonna do with a tornado," Lee said. "Yeah, we’ve been seeing warnings all day, but it’s just different when it’s in your front yard."
Following Governor Henry McMaster’s request for aid, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced on Wednesday that "South Carolina’s businesses and residents affected by the severe storms and tornadoes on April 5-6 may apply for low interest disaster loans."
Those counties include Allendale, Bamburg, Barnwell, Colleton, Hampton and Orangeburg.
The Mayor of Manning, Julia Nelson, said no federal funding was given to the city or Clarendon County.
"Unfortunately, because it wasn’t claimed a disaster that could have federal assistance, everyone is going to have to depend on their homeowner insurance," Mayor Nelson said.
She explained, assistance is determined by the amount of damaged caused by the disaster, but the city will help any resident who was impacted and needs financial assistance.
"We already have an account for disaster relief," Mayor Nelson said. "We will make a plea out to the public and let them know if somebody has a chainsaw that can assistant or some other type of equipment. But if we know about it, this community will always come together and try to assist one another. So if we find out about a need, we'll find a way to make it work."
For residents who do qualify for the SBA federal loan, the deadline to apply is June 20, 2022. To apply, CLICK HERE.
A new Chick-fil-A® restaurant will begin serving the Manning community on Thursday, July 28. Chick-fil-A, Inc. has selected Will Lane as the independent franchised Owner/Operator of Chick-fil-A Manning.Located at 2931 Paxville Hwy., on the corner of Raccoon Road and Paxville Highway, Chick-fil-A Manning will be open for dine-in, drive-thru and carry-out from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Guests of Chick-fil-A Manning can place an order for pickup, dine-in or delivery on the ...
A new Chick-fil-A® restaurant will begin serving the Manning community on Thursday, July 28. Chick-fil-A, Inc. has selected Will Lane as the independent franchised Owner/Operator of Chick-fil-A Manning.
Located at 2931 Paxville Hwy., on the corner of Raccoon Road and Paxville Highway, Chick-fil-A Manning will be open for dine-in, drive-thru and carry-out from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Guests of Chick-fil-A Manning can place an order for pickup, dine-in or delivery on the Chick-fil-A® App or online. When joining the Chick-fil-A One® tiered membership program, guests receive points on every qualifying purchase which can be used to redeem available rewards. Visit chick-fil-a.com/delivery to view delivery options in your area.
The Manning restaurant joins 20 other Chick-fil-A restaurants serving the wider Columbia market.
Locally Owned and Operated
As full-time, hands-on leaders in their restaurants, Chick-fil-A Owner/Operators proudly reside in the communities in which they serve.
In Manning, Will Lane will be responsible for all day-to-day activities of the business, including employing approximately 120 full- and part-time Team Members, serving guests and cultivating relationships with local organizations and businesses.
A native of the area, Lane spent his younger years working on his family’s farm. Following graduation from The Citadel, Lane began his 14-year career in the corporate sphere, where he developed a passion for entrepreneurism and mentorship. As Lane became more familiar with Chick-fil-A, he realized the franchise ownership opportunity could provide him an even larger platform for having a positive influence not only on his Team Members, but also in his broader community. He began his journey with Chick-fil-A in 2011, working in various management roles before transitioning to operate Chick-fil-A Westgate Mall in 2015. Having served as an Operator for almost seven years, Lane is thrilled to open Chick-fil-A Manning. He looks forward to developing his Team Members and continuing to give back to the community he grew up in.
“I am thrilled to offer leadership opportunities for my team and to provide a place where people can come to learn and grow,” said Lane. “I am passionate about developing caring leaders with a strong work ethic to be a bright light in our community.”
Caring for the Manning Community
In honor of the opening, Chick-fil-A, Inc. will donate $25,000 to Feeding America on behalf of the new restaurant. These funds will be distributed to partners in the greater Columbia area to aid in the fight against hunger.
In addition, Chick-fil-A Manning is recognizing 100 local heroes making an impact in the Manning area by providing them with free Chick-fil-A meals for a year.
Lane’s restaurant will be participating in the Chick-fil-A Shared Table™ Program, an initiative that redirects surplus food from the restaurant to local soup kitchens, shelters, food banks and nonprofits in need.
Team Member Investment
Chick-fil-A Operators are committed to hiring, developing and retaining top talent and providing a positive work environment for people of all ages and backgrounds. Team Members have opportunities for flexible work hours and leadership growth, competitive pay and benefits, hands-on training and mentoring and the chance to apply for scholarships to support their continuing education.
Delicious Food; Outstanding Customer Service
Chick-fil-A is known for serving customers great-tasting food made with high-quality ingredients, including the original Chick-fil-A®Chicken Sandwich. Made with a real, whole, boneless breast of chicken with no added fillers, the breaded chicken is pressure cooked in fully-refined peanut oil. Chick-fil-A was one of the first in the industry to eliminate chicken raised with antibiotics to ensure guests have an option for high-quality food on the go.
To complement the great-tasting chicken, fresh produce is delivered to Chick-fil-A restaurants up to six times a week for the best quality and flavor. The fresh ingredients are raised and grown by farmers who share the company's elevated quality and safety standards, so guests feel good about their meal.
For the latest news and updates on Chick-fil-A Manning, visit the local restaurant’s Facebook page and follow along on Instagram. For more information about Chick-fil-A and stories about the Brand’s food, people and customers across the country, visit chick-fil-a.com.
About Chick-fil-A, Inc.
Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. is a restaurant company known for the Original Chick-fil-A® Chicken Sandwich and signature hospitality. Represented by more than 170,000 Team Members, Operators and Staff, Chick-fil-A® restaurants serve guests freshly prepared food at more than 2,700 restaurants in 47 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Canada. The family-owned and privately held restaurant company was founded in 1967 by S. Truett Cathy and is committed to serving the local communities in which its franchised restaurants operate.
Known for its leadership and growth opportunities, in 2022 Chick-fil-A was named a Best Employer in America by Forbes and a top company for career opportunities for Black employees by Glassdoor. The company was also awarded the Employee’s Choice by Glassdoor honoring top CEOs and was named a Culture 500 Culture Champion in 2020. A leader in customer service, Chick-fil-A was named QSR magazine’s Drive-Thru Restaurant of the Year in 2021. More information on Chick-fil-A is available at www.chick-fil-a.com and @ChickfilANews.
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