Chick-fil-A said it set a one-day sales record Wednesday after thousands of diners poured into the chain’s stores from coast to coast.
Doesn’t eat at Chick-fil-A“We are very grateful and humbled by the incredible turnout of loyal Chick-fil-A customers on Aug. 1 at Chick-fil-A restaurants around the country,” Steve Robinson, the company’s executive vice president of marketing, said in a statement. “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day was not a company promotion; it was initiated by others.”In what was dubbed “Appreciation Day” by organizer Mike Huckabee, the GOP presidential candidate-turned-Fox News show host, thousands came out to show support for the company after its president, Dan Cathy, made controversial comments about gay marriage that month and in June.
The privately held company declined to provide revenue figures. The company has released annual sales figures in the past, though not profits.
“While we don’t release exact sales numbers, it was an unprecedented day” Robinson said.Stores throughout metro Atlanta and the state were packed with diners, who waited in lines that snaked out doors. Drivethru traffic also outpaced capacity, reaching into streets and stretching for blocks. LINK
A few reactions from the Black Community:
“This will be a little more like “the black experience” once someone takes a fire hose and washes them off of the street. It will be more like “the black experience” when someone sets the dogs loose on them. It will be more like “the black experience” when they can be arrested for protesting.”
“It’s insulting to equate being gay to having black skin. We didn’t march one inch, not one foot, not one yard for gay people. We marched for equal rights for black folks. The right to vote and not be discriminated against. For the gay movement to try to make civil rights for blacks equal to saying a man should marry another man is very insulting to me.”