First Chick-fil-A in United Kingdom to close

First Chick-fil-A in United Kingdom to close

The Oracle shopping centre in Reading has blocked the extension of American fast food brand Chick-fil-A's lease on its first United Kingdom outlet following protests by LGBT+ groups.

On Friday, the centre said the chain's six-month lease would not be extended.

However outside of Boston Chick-fil-A does exist & hopefully MA will realize there's no room for hate in this state.

Chick-fil-A has said its donations were purely focused on youth and education. "Dine-in mobile ordering is one way we can help them get a quick, yet high quality meal", said Khalilah Cooper, Chick-fil-A director, service & hospitality.

A spokesman for the restaurant stated that the six-month lease was always meant to be temporary, as the company looks to expand internationally.

There was a local backlash over the well-known and staunchly conservative religious views of Chick-fil-A's owners.

Reading Pride praised the "good news", and the UK Pride Network also celebrated. "Chick-fil-A's opposition to LGBT+ equality merits a boycott by contractors & consumers".

Over 100 protesters crashed the grand opening with signs reading "cluck off".

Chick-fil-A, which ranks as the nation's third largest restaurant chain by sales, has faced criticism at home for donations to certain groups that some consider anti-LGBTQ.

"We are always looking and learning, and do so through pop-up locations, but nothing else to share right now", a company spokeswoman told The Times.

Signs that read "Chuck-off" and "Freedom for All".

Think Progress reports that Chick-fil-A donated $1.8 million to "discriminatory groups" in 2017.

All three organizations have a history of being discriminatory. Exodus Worldwide closed in 2013, however had been a proponent of conversion remedy.

"Chick-fil-A is always evaluating potential new locations in the hope of serving customers great food and award-winning service", a Chick-fil-A representative told Business Insider.

In 2012, Chick-fil-A's chief executive, Dan Cathy, said: "We are very much supportive of the family - the biblical definition of the family unit".

Chick-fil-A has defended its giving, telling Business Insider that the money given to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes funds camps its foundation has hosted through a partnership with the organization.

Chick-fil-A has been on a tear over the past few years with wonderful growth and sales throughout the company.

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