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  • I love their chicken, but not enough to give money to a corporation that openly supports some very hateful organizations.

    • I reconcile this by giving money to pro-LGBT organizations to offset any evil that Chick-fil-a might do through their non-profit arms. I’m a transgender lesbian woman, but love me some chicken nuggets.

    • Best not to think about these things. I bet if you went through the manufacturers of all the items that you own, you would find literally dozens of examples of companies that have done far more reprehensible things than Chick Fil-A.

      Do you like those Oreos and Chips Ahoy in your pantry? Well, the company that produced them is also the second-largest cigarette company in the United States, which has knowingly put out a product that has killed millions of people globally every year. That iPhone in your back pocket? Made in a China sweatshop. And you don’t even want to THINK about the company that supplied the gasoline for the car you own.

      Don’t deny yourself the pleasure of a great chicken sandwich just because the company that makes it is a decade behind the times. Rest assured, it will change its attitudes eventually. But in the meantime you would’ve denied yourself a tasty meal.

      • Just because you can’t stop supporting all ethical businesses doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to stop supporting a few.

        • …but in terms of “business’s with terrible practices that I should probably boycott,” Chick-fil-A is further down the list than a lot of companies.

          I can’t see the reason why someone would boycott Chick-fil-A and still buy Oreos without a moment’s hesitation. The one company supports non-recognition of same-sex marriage. The other company sells a product (cigarettes) that kills millions of people every year, and has taken plenty of actions to undermine regulation of its products, both in the U.S. and globally. I don’t agree with either company’s policy, but it seems that one is doing a lot more damage than the other.

          This isn’t the place for a rant about how some companies which do pretty vile things get a pass just because they are good on social issues (Amazon, Apple), but focusing on Chick-fil-A seems like such a small-ball issue to me.

    • I’ve refused to eat there since I noticed they ostentatiously closed on Sundays to allow their employees to go to church. Apparently their Jewish, Muslim and Seventh-Day Adventist employees – assuming any non-Christians are actually hired – can go jump in a lake.

      • I understand what you are saying, but how is this any worse than being open 7 days a week and thus giving all religions the finger?

    • As I understand it, this store is owned by an independent franchisee with a couple stores in PG County and the truck in DC.
      Also ethical consumption under capitalism is impossible so just enjoy the chicken

    • Almost as bad as the organization are the people who smugly say things like, “I support gay rights and all, but I can’t help myself, I just love their chicken!”

  • I read this article as, “One fewer spot available for District Taco that’s walkable to my apartment.”

  • I Dont Get It

    I’ll be there every Sunday!

    • This corp truly tests its market philosophies. It caters to conservatives and assumes that a good portion of its other customers are apolitical or too hungry to care. Good for them for being honest. But they won’t get my money.

      • That’s a pretty narrow minded view to assume that they cater to conservatives, growing up in the South there’s Chick-fil-a everywhere and I even had one on my college campus and I can tell you just as many liberals eat there too.

  • Nice. Chick-fil-a is pretty great. Also, I’m gay. So there.

    • There are lots of gays who will vote against their own good – either at the ballot box or with their wallets. I like myself more than that, so I cannot stomach the thought of giving them a dime.

  • This place is going to be crazy busy!! As a matter of fact, I cant think of anywhere that they could open a store in DC and would not be crazy busy. Like their policies or not, they have a great product and people will line up in droves to buy it.

    • I agree. The real question is whether the customer service for which they are famous (and really is present at most stores) can exist at this level of retail in DC. My money says no.

      • palisades

        Seriously lol. Minimum-wage jobs (and metro jobs) in DC seem to seek out the most incompetent and lazy individuals I have ever encountered.

  • McDonald’s used to produce a pretty good imitation of Chick-Fil-A’s signature chicken sandwich, meaning that for a long time I could easily resist the Chick-Fil-A temptation. Unfortunately, they phased it out recently. I haven’t succumbed to the temptation yet, but I have to admit that (odious politics aside) they make a pretty good chicken sandwich.

  • From a 2014 WSJ article:

    Chick-fil-A has managed to remain a private company despite incredible growth. The company’s first original Chick-fil-A in-mall store opened in 1967. The company’s timeline showed that Chick-fil-A surpassed $1 billion in system-wide sales in the year 2,000 and it opened its 1,000th location in 2001. Chick-fil-A surpassed $2 billion in system-wide sales in 2006 and surpassed $3 billion in system-wide sales in 2009. Chick-fil-A then surpassed $4 billion in system-wide sales in 2011, only to reach $5 billion in system-wide sales in 2013.

    The Atlanta Journal Constitution showed back in 2011 that the company was getting 10,000 to 25,000 franchisee applications from potential franchise operators for the 60 to 70 slots they open each year.

  • hispanicandproud

    Actually, this is the second evidence. First evidence was the food truck promoting the new store.

  • Chick Fil A openly fights gay marriage but Subway gets the hateful graffiti. smh

  • If this were an Urban Outfitters or an Anthropologie, the revenue streams of which are used by the owner to fund Rick Santorum, would there be the same outcry?

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