Chick-fil-A management announced a plan to open its first Canada location — in Toronto — were not met with fans eagerly seeking waffle fries. Instead, they were told to stay out of their country by LGBTQ supporters.
CEO of the fast-food chain, Dan Cathy, is well known for not supporting same-sex marriage. “We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that,” Cathy told the Baptist Press in 2012.
The chain, through its WinShape Foundation, also donated millions of dollars to organizations that oppose same-sex marriage.
Because of the company’s antigay stance, many consumers have chosen to boycott the company.
That’s unfortunate. You’re not welcome here. I know your homophobic history and your bankrolling of political candidates who promote anti-LGBT discrimination. That bigotry has no place in Canada. I will be boycotting you and encouraging others to do the same. #BoycottChickFilA
— Wayne Leung (@wayleu) July 25, 2018
Orrrrrrrr we could just not support the openly and actively homophobic Chick-fil-A here in Canada 👍
— Vicki Sylvia (@vickisylvia) July 25, 2018
Bigger and better-loved American companies than you have tried to get off the ground in Canada. I look forward to your Target-like butt kicking.
— Brian MacDonald (@BrianMacDonald6) July 27, 2018
However, it seems some fans of the chain have be persuaded to partake of some chicken and biscuits, despite the company’s policies.
What a magical day…woke up to find out Chick-fil-A is opening stores in Canada…is this the beginning of world peace??
Can Chick-fil-A solve our international diplomacy issues??? @ChickfilA
— Amy (@sethna_amy21) July 25, 2018
Omg, Chick-Fil-A is coming to Canada. This is the best news I've heard all day.
— Brad Myers (@BradMyersSmash) July 25, 2018
Chick-fil-a is coming to Canada and Liberals heads are exploding. 😂 cuz you know actually supporting family and marriage is so bad.
— cporter73 (@cporter73) July 27, 2018
Chick-fil-A president and chief operating officer Tim Tassopoulos told Business Insider that the company plans to open at least 15 restaurants in the Toronto area over the next five years.
These restaurants will be the chain’s first franchises outside of the U.S.
“We had been considering international expansion for a while,” Tassopoulos said. “Based on the momentum we have had in the U.S., especially in urban markets like New York, Chicago, Seattle, and Portland, we feel that now is the time to take the next step. Toronto is the next step.”
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