If progressives were looking to tank Chick-fil-a for not bowing to the left’s social justice agenda, it looks like they’re seriously underestimating Americans’ love for a good chicken sandwich and first-rate customer service.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Chick-fil-a is about to become the third largest restaurant chain in the entire United States, despite the repeated attacks from left-wing activists upset over the company owners’ religious beliefs.
According to the WSJ, the chain's success is largely due to their heavy focus on customer service, simple menu, and Americans' growing shift toward lean meats like chicken:
Now, five decades later, the closely held company this year is poised to become the third-biggest U.S. restaurant chain by sales behind McDonald’s Corp.and Starbucks Corp., according to food-service consultancy Technomic Inc. The growth reflects Chick-fil-A’s expansion over the past decade, as well as consumers’ broader turn toward chicken.
According to the latest report, Chick-fil-A’s sales have tripled over the past decade, reaching $10.2 billion last year, and its store count has doubled to about 2,400 locations since 2007. On top of that, the WJS reports Chick-fil-is now the No. 1 rated restaurant among teens, beating out Starbucks for the first time.
The company’s massive success is showing no sign of slowing down, even as progressive activists in left-leaning cities try to keep the popular chicken sandwich chain out because of the restaurant owners’ personal beliefs about gay marriage. Earlier this year, the San Antonio City Council voted to ban Chick-fil-a from opening a location in the San Antonio airport, citing the restaurant’s alleged “legacy of anti-LGBTQ” behavior.”Last November,Rider University in New Jersey denied their own students’ request to bring a Chick-fil-a to campus, saying that the stores “corporate values have not sufficiently progressed enough to align with those of Rider.” The Huffington Post even went so far as to declare that gay people can’t eat at Chick-fil-a.
All this despite Chick-fil-a’s well-documented record of treating gay employees and customers with respect, its history of supporting education and local charities, and the fact that the restaurant quietly opened up a normally-closed location on a Sunday to feed blood donors after the Pulse nightclub shooting back in 2016.
Now, the Wall Street Journal reports the family-owned company currently owns the single largest market share of restaurants that focus on chicken (33 percent, in fact), beating out KFC, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Popeyes – and it’s not just because of their killer milkshakes.
“Each year since 2015, Chick-fil-A has been the top-rated fast-food restaurant on the American Customer Satisfaction Index, which considers factors such as staff courtesy and restaurant cleanliness,” WSJ adds.
So cry us a river, Outrage Mob. And leave our chicken sandwiches alone.