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Dan Cathy, son of Chick-fil-A’s founder, states the popular fast food restaurant exists to ‘glorify God’

Chick-fil-A Dwarf House in Spalding County Georgia, where it all started.
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For the eighth year in a row, Chick-fil-A was rated as America’s most popular food chain by the American Customer Satisfaction Index in 2022.

Yet despite this, the fast-food chain has outraged left-wing politicians. When the corporation opened its third restaurant in New York City in 2016, then mayor Bill de Blasio along with several members of the council called for a boycott of the restaurant.

This is because the Truett family, who owns the restaurant chain, have never been shy about expressing their faith in Christ and support of the traditional family.

And in a recent interview with Chief Executive, Dan Cathy, who serves as Chick-fil-A’s chairman of the board, explained that the purpose of the company is to glorify God, CBN reports.

“At Chick-fil-A, we are very grounded on our corporate purpose, to be a purpose-driven organization,” Dan said in the interview. “That purpose is defined in the statement that we’re here to glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that’s entrusted to us and have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.”

“We want to impact people’s lives, we want to be a good steward of what we’ve been entrusted with,” Dan continued. “We’re not going to take any of this with us. We only have it for just a moment in time, so let’s be a good steward of it. And then, ultimately, let’s acknowledge our Creator. Let’s have a sense of humility, let’s have a teachable spirit, let’s be willing to be submissive, all of which we learn in our faith experience to honor the Lord and seek to honor him in all that we do.”

Dan added that he looks upon the family business as a calling from God, which continues to focus on the values and traditions established by his father, Truett, who opened a restaurant in 1946 in Hapeville, Georgia called the Dwarf Grill. It is still open today and operates under the name Chick-fil-A Dwarf House.

Truett, a devout member of the Southern Baptist Church, instilled strong Christian values in his business practices, which are still in practice today including closing on Sunday.

In 1961, Truett registered the name Chick-fil-A, after discovering a pressure fryer that allowed him to prepare a chicken sandwich as quickly as a hamburger. This along with a popular secret sauce led to the opening of a Chick-fil-A restaurant at a mall in Atlanta in 1967, which would mark the auspicious beginning of the popular fast-food chain. Today, Chick-fil-A has over 2,900 restaurants in 48 states.

There have been two rare exceptions to Chick-fil-A’s Sunday closure policy. The first took place on Dec 17, 2017, when after receiving a call from Atlanta’s mayor, a restaurant opened to serve 5,000 free meals to passengers who had been left stranded by a power outage at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport.

The second occurred on Jan 13, 2019, when a restaurant opened in Mobile, Alabama to fulfill the birthday wish of a young boy who had cerebral palsy and autism.

READ: ‘We’re Here to Glorify God’: Chick-fil-A Founder’s Son on the Secret Sauce to Company’s Monumental Success AND Chick-fil-A’s Dan Cathy On Exceeding Customer Expectations

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