Reading Chick-fil-A outlet to close in LGBT rights row
- Author: Darren Santiago Oct 21, 2019,
Oct 21, 2019, 0:54
A spokeswoman for the centre told the BBC "the right thing to do" was to not extend the restaurant's lease beyond the "six-month pilot period". "We have been very pleased with what we've seen in the U.K.in terms of customer response to our food and our approach to customer service", a spokesperson for Chick-fil-A said in a statement to TIME.
Both chief executive Dan Cathy and his late father Samuel, who founded the chain in 1946, have publicly made donations towards Christian charities that oppose LGBT lifestyles.
Just a week after opening, it's been announced that the UK's first Chick-fil-A will be shutting down.
According to BBC, LGBTQ rights campaigners called for a boycott of the new branch, located in the Oracle Shopping Center in Reading, England. "We mutually agreed to a six month lease with the Oracle Mall in Studying as a part of a long run technique for us as we glance to develop our worldwide presence".
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The primary Chick-fil-A location within the U.Okay. might be closing in six months.
Chick-fil-A is one of the most profitable fast-food chains in the United States which has been popular for serving its customers in an excellent fashion. The Facebook invitation to the protest draws connections between Chick-fil-A and anti-LGBTQ legislation in Uganda, including the "Kill the Gays" bill that would impose the death penalty for homosexuality.
Reading Pride said it still plans to hold a protest on Saturday morning despite the announcement and will continue to protest against the restaurant until it closes in six months' time.
The group's Kirsten Bayes told protesters: "Companies like this have no place here in Reading and they have no place anywhere".
Think Progress reports that it gave $1.8 million in 2017 to three groups that actively work against LGBTQ people: 'The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a religious organization that seeks to spread an anti-LGBTQ message to college athletes and requires a strict "sexual purity" policy for its employees that bars any "homosexual acts".