Chick-fil-A posted “record-setting” sales on Wednesday, as customers flocked to restaurants nationwide in support of its stance against same-sex marriage.
“While we don't release exact sales numbers, we can confirm reports that it was a record-setting day,” Steve Robinson, Chick-fil-A’s executive vice president of marketing, said in a statement reported on Thursday by ABC News.
The “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” was called by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who said he organized the event without discussing it with owner Dan Cathy because it emphasized an issue of fairness. Huckabee told Newsmax on Tuesday that more than 20 million people had viewed his Facebook event page to learn about the day.
Cathy’s comments supporting the Biblical definition of marriage between a man a woman has led gay-rights supporters to call for a boycott of the company.
Meanwhile on Wednesday, at least one Chick-fil-A location closed early after nearly selling out of chicken, ABC News reported. Other outlets experienced customers snaked around buildings – some waiting nearly two hours – to buy chicken sandwiches. Some outlets even reported traffic jams.
“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,” Robinson’s statement said, according to ABC News. “We congratulate local Chick-fil-A Owner-Operators and their team members for striving to serve each and every customer with genuine hospitality.”
Gay-rights supporters, in response, have called for a same-sex “kiss in” at Chick-fil-A outlets on Friday.
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