Chick-fil-A responded to Reading Pride's campaign by refuting claims that it had anything to do with "legislative campaigns" in Uganda.
Chick-fil-A launched another worldwide location in Toronto, Canada in September, where Chick-fil-A's presence attracted more protestors and demonstrations.
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"Chick-fil-A is always evaluating potential new locations in the hope of serving customers great food and award-winning service", a Chick-fil-A representative told Business Insider. It's been reported that both charities oppose same-sex marriage.
"Our intention both at the corporate and restaurant level is to have a positive influence on our communities by donating to programs that benefit youth and education and are welcoming to all", said Rodney Bullard, the Chick-fil-A Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility and the Executive Director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation. "We all the time look to introduce new ideas for our clients, nevertheless, we now have selected this event that the best factor to do is to exclusively permit Chick-fil-A to commerce with us for the preliminary six month pilot interval, and to not lengthen the lease any additional".More news: Lebanon reportedly drops planned WhatsApp tax as protests sweep the country
It is the first United Kingdom restaurant by Chick-fil-A, which has been located in Reading, a town in Berkshire, England. We have never donated with the goal of supporting a social or political agenda.
Studying Pleasure, an area LGBT advocacy group, had deliberate a Saturday protest towards the mall.
The company said it was "grateful for customer responses to our food" and that the Reading location was part of a longer term worldwide strategy. It also pointed to the company's donations to organizations such as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which says in its statement of faith that marriage is "exclusively the union of one man and one woman".More news: Esper Makes Unannounced Visit to Afghanistan