Chick-fil-A’s first United Kingdom location slated for closure days after opening

Andrew Cummings
October 21, 2019

Nine days after opening on October 10, the first Chick-fil-A restaurant in the United Kingdom says it will close the location within six months, the Washington Post reports.

Chick-fil-A, an Atlanta-based firm that has usually made headlines for heartwarming tales of customer support, is owned by a household who, in 2012, confronted backlash for his or her ties to hundreds of thousands of of donations to anti-LGBTQ causes.

The Chick-fil-A Foundation donated $1.8 million in 2017 to three Christian organizations, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Paul Anderson Youth Home and the Salvation Army.

Gay rights group Reading Pride had led a protest campaign against Chick-Fil-A and were joined by local Labour Party councillors in calling for an end to "bigotry and hatred on your high street".

The Oracle shopping mall said it would not renew Chick-fil-A's six-month lease, telling the BBC it's the "right thing to do".

LGBT+ rights groups in Reading, including the organizers of Reading Pride, have been critical of the new Chick-fil-A branch in recent weeks.

A spokesperson for Chick-fil-A stated: 'We hope our online page online visitors in the United Kingdom will survey that Chick-fil-A is a cafe company centered on serving mountainous food and hospitality, and doesn't absorb a social or political agenda.

"I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude that thinks we have the audacity to redefine what marriage is all about", he added at the time.

"So many of our customers' busy lives and commitments have them strapped for time", said Khalilah Cooper, Chick-Fil-A director, service & hospitality. Founded by a devout Southern Baptist, S. Truett Cathy, Chick-Fil-A doesn't open on Sundays or Christian holidays, and includes a pledge to "to glorify God" in its corporate mission statement.

The group called Oracle's decision to close the location "good news" and was a "reasonable allow for re-settlement and notice for employees that have moved from other jobs", BBC reported. We have never donated with the objective of supporting a social or political agenda.

'We're represented by bigger than 145,000 folks from utterly different backgrounds and beliefs, and we welcome each person.

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