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“We have long pointed out that Chick-fil-A is the restaurant competition with which McDonald’s U.S. should most concern itself – and by extension, investors should too,” Kalinowski wrote. “But this goes beyond McDonald’s.”
Chick-fil-A sales increased by 14.2 percent — the equivalent of $1.1 billion — in 2017, exceeding $9 billion, Restaurant Business reported. Sales were up 15.5 percent in 2018 as of July, the trade publication reported. Restaurant Business cited Technomic data that indicates Chick-fil-A is growing faster than any other brand.
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Chick-fil-A was No. 7 in 2017, meaning it will leap over Wendy’s (No. 6), Burger King (No. 5) and Taco Bell (No. 4) to knock Subway out of the No. 3 spot.
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Kalinowski pointed out that other chains should be worried, because Chick-fil-A has plenty of room to grow. As MarketWatch.com reported, "as of March 2018 Chick-fil-A only had 11 restaurants in New York, a state with more than 19 million residents, according to Kalinowski. Other states, including Massachusetts, Ohio and New Jersey, could also add locations, and market share at other chains' expense."
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As popular as Chick-fil-A is, the company is not without controversy. Earlier this month, Rider University removed Chick-fil-A from a survey of dining options "based on the company's record widely perceived to be in opposition to the LGBTQ community." The fast-food chain was included in previous surveys.
In a statement released the same day, Chick-fil-A responded: “We have no policy of discrimination against any group, and we do not have a political or social agenda. More than 120,000 people from different backgrounds and beliefs represent the Chick-fil-A brand.”
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