Despite endless efforts to boycott Chick-fil-A from the Left, Yahoo Finance reporter Myles Udland announced Wednesday that the fast-food eatery has become the third-largest restaurant chain in the nation and has tripled its sales over the last ten years.
Food service consultancy Technomic Inc. provided the new rankings showcasing Chick-fil-A’s steady boost in popularity, according to The Wall Street Journal. In 2018, the eatery hit $10.2 billion in sales and has just about doubled its number of locations since 2007.
“Each year since 2015, Chick-fil-A has been the top-rated fast-food restaurant on the American Customer Satisfaction Index, which considers factors such as staff courtesy and restaurant cleanliness,” reported the Journal, adding: “Among limited-service U.S. restaurants that mainly serve chicken, Chick-fil-A’s market share rose to 33% last year from 18% in 2009, while the market share of Yum Brands Inc.’s KFC chain fell to 15% from 29% in that time, according to data tracker Euromonitor.”
“We’ve been pretty consistent in how, over multiple decades, we’re going to take it slow and steady,” said Chick-fil-A senior director Mark Moraitakis. “It’s paid off for us.”
Though the restaurant has been praised for the friendly and efficient customer service and legendary chicken, it has also become a target of left-wing political backlash. Activists and politicians have tried to brand Chick-fil-A as discriminatory and anti-LGBT over the company donating to Christian charities and CEO Dan Cathy’s nearly-decade old remarks affirming that biblical marriage is between a man and a woman.
“It has been seven years since Dan Cathy affirmed biblical marriage in an interview. Seven years. Almost a decade. And yet the LGBT lobby has not yet dropped the matter. Against all odds, they have remained obsessed with the chicken chain for these 80 or so months,” The Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh wrote last month. “Just recently, Chick-fil-A locations were blocked from opening at airports in Buffalo and San Antonio. Protests are still waged. Gay rights activists are still writing angry think pieces. We still are told that eating a Chick-fil-A chicken nugget is an act of bigotry against homosexuals. The chicken itself is labeled ‘hateful.’ All, again, because of views expressed by Dan Cathy during Obama’s first term in office.”
Walsh highlighted that Chick-fil-A has not been “accused of actively discriminating against gay people. They serve gay people. They hire gay people. They do not take any discriminatory actions of any kind against gay people.”
Notably, Chick-fil-A broke their rule of staying closed on Sundays and provided free food to people donating blood in response to the tragic 2016 terrorist attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. In other words, this was just another example of Chick-fil-A being really bad at “hating” gay people.
“But the founder is a Christian who believes what the Bible says. And that has been reason enough to spend seven entire years trying (unsuccessfully, and often hilariously) to destroy the man’s business,” continued Walsh.