Chick-fil-A to close first United Kingdom location as LGBT groups protest

Chick-Fil-a Is Closing Down Its First UK Branch After Protests From Gay Rights Groups

Chick-fil-A to close debut UK restaurant after LGBT backlash

In March, the website ThinkProgress reported that, in 2017, the Chick-fil-A Foundation gave just over $1.6 million to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which requires employees to adhere to a "sexual purity" clause that forbids "homosexual acts".

Unmoved by such defences, The Oracle has now confirmed that while it "always look [s] to introduce new concepts for our customers... 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 Studying restaurant opened on October 10, and Chick-fil-A instructed native newspaper the Studying Chronicle that "we're happy to have already served a number of hundred clients in our first day".

After a limited test run in five markets past year, this week Chick-fil-A debuted "dine-in mobile ordering" that will eliminate the need for customers to wait in any lines, go up to the counter, or talk to anyone at all.

The news came as an LGBTQ group held protests outside the brand-new restaurant at the Oracle Mall in Reading, denouncing the company's opposition to same-sex marriage.

"We mutually agreed to a six-month lease with the Oracle in Reading as part of a longer-term strategy for us as we look to build a permanent presence in the United Kingdom".

"The chain's ethos and moral stance goes completely against our values, and that of the we are a progressive country that has legalized same-sex marriage for some years, and continues to strive towards equality", the statement said.

Though Reading Pride stated "we respect everyone's freedom to eat wherever they choose", the group nonetheless celebrated The Oracle's decision not to extend Chick-Fil-A's lease.

The Atlanta-based family-owned company is one of the biggest fast-food chains in the US and boasts about 2,400 outlets across North America.

Chick-fil-A's restaurants have become so busy the brand is going to start serving customers who aren't even in line.

The company's CEO, Dan T. Cathy, also made comments in 2012 about gay marriage that ignited a backlash online.

Reading Pride, the local lesbian, gay, bi, transgender advocacy group, released a statement on Twitter that outlined its "staunch" opposition to the restaurant opening.

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