Chick-fil-A just opened its first UK location in Reading, England, on October 10. By the next day, the location had served over a thousand customers. Now, just over a week later, the location will be closing.
Why? It’s not because the Brits dislike tasty chicken sandwiches. Nope – it’s because of the LGBT lobby. Gay rights activists called for a boycott of Chick-fil-A and Reading Pride has been protesting the location.
As a result, the shopping center where the Chick-fil-A is located won’t renew the company’s lease:
A spokesperson for The Oracle shopping center told the BBC that “the right thing to do” was to prevent the fast-food chain from doing business in response to the LGBTQ outcry.
“We always look to introduce new concepts for our customers, however, we have decided on this occasion that the right thing to do is to only allow Chick-Fil-A to trade with us for the initial six-month pilot period, and not to extend the lease any further,” said the spokesperson.
The protesters and boycotters expressed delight over this news.
Chick-fil-A has been embroiled with controversy since 2012, when the company’s president, a Christian, came out in favor of traditional marriage. Since then, LGBTQ activists have been calling for boycotts of the company across the U.S. However, the call for boycotts have largely backfired. Americans want that chicken.
Despite the efforts to harm the business, with college campuses and two city airports banning the chain from opening up shop, the chicken empire’s sales continue to climb and have only doubled since the boycotts launched in 2012.
The company’s sales have increased from $4.6 billion in 2012 to $10.46 billion in 2018, making Chick-fil-A the third largest chain in the U.S., behind only McDonald’s and Starbucks.
In addition to good food, Chick-fil-A is just a good company. Their employees are always courteous, and you always see Chick-fil-A willing to pitch in during a disaster – remember when a power outage stranded thousands at the Atlanta airport, and Chick-fil-A opened on a Sunday to serve the stranded passengers?
Boycotting Chick-fil-A is a great example of (1) viewpoint discrimination and (2) virtue-signaling rather than fighting actual discrimination. The only thing Chick-fil-A has done wrong is employ a president with conservative Christian values. Chick-fil-A is not discriminatory: the company both employs and serves people of all races and orientations. But that doesn’t matter to the militant left.