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‘The New Yorker’ magazine writes about Chick-fil-A’s ‘creepy pervasive Christian traditionalism’


Line up outside a Chick-fil-A restaurant. Credit: Student Association/Flickr/Creative Commons

Line up outside a Chick-fil-A restaurant. Credit: Student Association/Flickr/Creative Commons

According to Technomic, a restaurant consultancy firm, based on current growth, it expects the popular American restaurant, Chick-fil-A, to become the third largest fast food chain in the US, behind only McDonald’s and Starbucks.

Chick-fil-A was founded in 1946 by a S. Truett Cathy (1921-2014). He was a Baptist, taught Sunday School for nearly 50 years, and calls the Bible his guide-book for life. His family has continued its Christian tradition and to this day still closes Sunday so its employees can go to church if they want. It even cites Bible verses on its cups.

His family’s support of traditional marriage has driven the left wild and resulted in restaurants being protested. But it had absolutely no effect on its popularity.

In terms of 2017 sales, the chain ranked eighth behind Subway, Wendy’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, Dunkin Donuts and of course McDonald’s and Star Bucks. However it is quickly closing the gap.

What is also impressive is that despite only being open six days a week, a Chick-fil-A franchise averages annual sales of $4.4 million. This is nearly double the $2.7 million sold in the typical Whataburger restaurant, its nearest rival. Meanwhile the average McDonald’s restaurant sells $2.5 million annually and Star Bucks only $1.1 million.

One of the main things preventing Chick-fil-A from holding the top spot in total sales is the fact it only has only a fraction of storefronts of Starbucks and McDonald’s.

In March this year, Chick-fil-A opened a five-story restaurant in New York city. With a full three floors dedicated to seating, it is the largest Chick-fil-A in America.

Though people are thrilled with its arrival in New York’s financial district, the elites of the city are not happy. Shortly after the restaurant chain arrived in New York in 2015, its mayor and council called for a boycott of the chain. That worked so well, Chick-fil-A decided to open more restaurants.

The opening of Chick-fil-A’s largest restaurant has again stirred the elitists from their slumber. In a recent article in The New Yorker entitled “Chick-fil-A’s creepy infiltration of New York City,” author Dan Piepenbring writes about the company’s “creepy pervasive Christian traditionalism.”

He describes Chick-fil-A as being “awash with cash, Christ, and evangelizing Cows.” He continues his vent stating that the corporation’s values “still begins with the words ‘to glorify God’” adding:

“Its headquarters, in Atlanta, are adorned with Bible verses and a statue of Jesus washing a disciple’s feet. Its C.E.O., Dan Cathy, has been accused of bigotry for using the company’s charitable wing to fund anti-gay causes, including groups that oppose same-sex marriage.”

But in his article, the author grudgingly admitted the people love Chick-fil-A. When he visited its newest 12,000 square-foot restaurant, he said “I could see that line to get inside stretched almost to the end of the block.”

Piepenbring goes on to describe the restaurant as having “the ersatz homespun ambience of a megachurch.” An apt description, because the line up reminds me of another photo I saw a few months back of people lined down the block waiting to get into a service at New York’s Hillsong church pastored by Carl Lentz.

Carl Lentz's photo of people lining up on the street to attend a Hillsong service in New York City. Credit: Carl Lentz/Instagram

Carl Lentz’s photo of people lining up on the street to attend a Hillsong service in New York City. Credit: Carl Lentz/Instagram

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