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

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[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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Comments (29)

  • So some people support traditional marriage? Eat your chicken.

      1 year ago
  • I am in SC, USA. Chick-Fil-A, or as I refer to it; White persons crack, due to the obsessive nature of the people that always go there. It is just a chicken sandwich, which is okay. The salads and wraps are not as good as other places. They do excel at service, but when you have to wait 15 minutes in a car line, or in the normal line, for food, the "fast" rapidly disappears.

    Most people in the south go there due to the "Christian" marketing, which I won't go into.

    I personally like Wendy's, as the line is shorter, and a chicken sandwich is, well, just a chicken sandwich.

      1 year ago
  • Popeyes makes a better chicken sandwich. And I'm not sure I'd really want to be seen in a Chick-fil-a, if I'm being brutally honest...

      1 year ago
  • I don’t understand why people think it’s a good idea for their brand to openly oppose a rudimentary characteristic. Way to alienate a massive market for absolutely no reason

      1 year ago
  • Political and social conversations aside, I'm really interested to see how our Chick-fil-a is recieved in your country.

    I live in the birthplace of Chick-fil-a, and people down here in Anerica's southeast absolutely love it! People wait in the drive-through lines for long periods of time at lunch just to get it.

    For me, it's just okay. But I grew up in New Jersey without Chick-fil-a. I think it's comfort food down here in the south.

      1 year ago