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LGBT Activists Hound Chick-fil-A’s First U.K. Store Into Closing; But Chick-fil-A in Toronto is Thriving

04 Nov

I missed this story from a week and a half back until now, but it didn’t really get much coverage on this side of the pond; figures:

From the moment popular American fried chicken vendor Chick-fil-A opened its inaugural U.K. branch in the city of Reading, gay rights activists were mobbing it with complaints and calls to boycott.

Barely a week after welcoming its first British customers, Reading’s city center mall, The Oracle, announced that it will not renew the company’s lease. “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,” The Oracle said in a statement, according to the BBC, noting that it seeks to “offer an inclusive space where everyone is welcome.”

The officials at The Oracle clearly brushed over the fact that Chick-fil-A has some of the most generous employment opportunities available in catering, including scholarships and management opportunities, and retains a staff that is world-renowned for going above and beyond in their service. The staff are rated as some of the friendliest and most welcoming in the entire fast food industry.

Indeed, Chick-fil-A would have been good for Reading. But now, suddenly, the chicken-fried dream is over. Why?

Well, the chief instigator of the abrupt termination was a group named Reading Pride, which believes the company’s donations to organizations such as The Fellowship of Christian Athletes and, God forbid, The Salvation Army, indicates unforgivable bigotry. So, canceled they must be. The first batch of specialty waffles had barely been dunked into the fryer when Reading Pride announced a call to arms in the form of a boycott.

“We respect everyone’s freedom to eat where they choose,” they qualified, “however, we ask the LGBT+ community (including its allies) to boycott the chain in Reading.”

But the Chick-fil-A haters didn’t stop there. In a quite bizarre statement, an affiliated LGBT group even suggested that the British government should investigate the chain before allowing it to open any UK-based restaurants. “Parliament should be questioning businesses like this that work against the values of our amazing country,” UK Pride Organisers’ Network member Stephen Ireland said, according to Christian Institute.

How Chick-fil-A was “allowed to hit the UK high street without openly answering the concerns of the LGBT community” was unfathomable to them, they added.

True to its Christian ethos, Chick-fil-A, the third-largest fast-food business in the USA, responded graciously to the bad press. “We hope our guests in the U.K. will see that Chick-fil-A is a restaurant company focused on serving great food and hospitality, and does not have a social or political agenda,” a spokesman said prior to the lease being terminated. “We are represented by more than 145,000 people from different backgrounds and beliefs, and we welcome everyone.”

Not to be cowed by those who mightn’t agree with every single charitable financial decision they take, the restaurant started filling up, and the customers looked delighted. Still, more clarification was needed. Chick-fil-A doubled down on its commitment to diversity and equality in the causes it supports.

“Our giving has always focused on youth and education. We have never donated with the purpose of supporting a social or political agenda,” the company stated. “There are 145,000 people – black, white; gay, straight; Christian, non-Christian – who represent Chick-fil-A.”

But it was all too late, and the writing was on the wall. For the simple sin of giving away millions of dollars to worthy causes, the popular eatery has fallen victim to the mob of intolerance and will be forced to shutter its doors to a British people who, sadly, hardly got the chance to taste and see that it was good.

Britain is lost, to the progs, the mujahideen, and the Eurocracy…

Some good news, though: I have now been to the Chick-fil-A in Toronto, several weeks after it opened, and I can report it’s still extremely busy; had to wait some 20 minutes or so outside, and our orders were taken by employees even before we reached the counter, where we paid, then waited a few minutes for our food.

The food was good.

But frankly, the restaurant was a bit too busy. I don’t intend to return until the novelty has finally worn off, and it’s still busy but not crazy busy.

Still, I’m glad they’re thriving in Toronto, and apparently planning to open several more outlets in the Greater Toronto Area, and hopefully elsewhere in Canada after that.

You know what else is tasty? Salty prog tears over Chick-fil-A Toronto’s success. 🙂

 
12 Comments

Posted by on November 4, 2019 in Brave New World Order, Canada, The Kulturkampf

 

12 responses to “LGBT Activists Hound Chick-fil-A’s First U.K. Store Into Closing; But Chick-fil-A in Toronto is Thriving

  1. Joel

    November 4, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    I think you’ll find that the novelty doesn’t wear off… Chick-fil-A is often extremely busy even in decade old locations around here. They’ve figured out ways to handle the crowd better than anywhere else though.

     
    • Will S.

      November 4, 2019 at 10:17 pm

      Huh. Well, they do good food…

       
  2. electricangel

    November 5, 2019 at 7:57 am

    Who are you, Yogi Berra. “Nobody goes to that restaurant anymore; it’s too popular.”

     
  3. c matt

    November 5, 2019 at 9:10 am

    We’ve had Chik-fil-A for about 10 years now. Drive through lines still circle around the building. You will have a long wait until it’s not “crazy busy.”

     
    • Will S.

      November 5, 2019 at 10:44 pm

      Hmm. We’ll see. Toronto is a big, multiethnic city, presumably quite different from most southern U.S. CfA markets, not only the rural ones but even urban ones like cities like Nashville… Carls, Jr. came to Toronto and flopped; Krispy Kreme came to Toronto and flopped…

      We’ll see if CfA can maintain its popularity long-term; I hope and pray so, but I hope it’s not always insanely busy…

       
  4. c matt

    November 5, 2019 at 9:10 am

    And btw – Gays are why we can’t have nice things.

     
    • Will S.

      November 5, 2019 at 10:45 pm

      Yup.

       
    • feeriker

      November 6, 2019 at 8:52 pm

      “Gays are why we can’t have nice things.”

      I see a t-shirt and bumper sticker message here…

       
  5. feeriker

    November 6, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    I’m now of the mind that some localities simply DO NOT DESERVE a Chick-Fil-A. London would definitely be on that list, very near the top.

    Seriously, if I were the Cathey Family, there would be a whole host of places across the globe I wouldn’t even consider serving, not as long as they’re bastions of anti-capitalist, anti-Christian Marxist nihilism. They’re successful and wealthy enough that they can afford to be selective about where they operate.

    Glad to hear that you finally made it to Chick-Fil-A, Will! And yeah, give things some time to calm down before going back. Hopefully they’ll open up some more stores nearer to you soon.😊

     
    • Will S.

      November 6, 2019 at 9:00 pm

      I think if they open up the 15 across the GTA, as planned, that will take some of the market share away from the first one…

      Indeed, I do hope they open one near where I am. It took some years for us to get Popeye’s here, long after the GTA did, but now there are several. Hopefully that process will repeat…

       

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