Chick-fil-a opens first restaurant in the UK, but will close in six months
Controversial US chicken chain clucks into Reading, and straight back out again
[Updated: October 18]
Chick-fil-a, the huge American fried chicken brand, opened its first UK site earlier in October.
However, it will cease trading after its initial six-month pilot period.
The company graced the Reading Oracle Shopping Centre with its much-imitated chicken sandwiches, but gay-rights campaigners called for a boycott of the store. The Oracle shopping centre has said it was the right thing to do in not extending the initial lease.
The chain has made headlines for things other than its chicken. The company's chief operating officer, Dan T Cathy made comments opposing same-sex marriage in 2012, and the company's charity foundation has donated a lot of money to groups which are seemingly anti LGBTQ+.
Chick-fil-a has said its donations were purely for youth and educational charities.
Chick-fil-a is the third biggest fast food chain in the US, behind McDonald’s and Subway. It had planned to open a London restaurant, as well as venues in other regional cities. Whether this will now happen is unknown.
Chick-fil-a is known for its fried chicken sandwich with two pickles on a toasted bun, which was invented by Truett Cathy in 1964.
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