Chick-fil-A on Track to Become Third Largest Fast Food Chain The chicken chain will claim the No. 3 spot in the U.S. in sales by the end of 2018. This is big jump from being the No. 7 spot in 2017. Analyst Mark Kalinowski initially predicted Chick-fil-A would take the No. 3 spot in 2020. He recently updated his forecast that it would be third by 2019. In 2017, Chick-fil-A sales grew by $1.1 billion. It is difficult to calculate exact sales because Chick-fil-A is a private company. The nearest competitor w

Texas governor signs controversial ‘Save Chick-fil-A’ bill into law

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday signed a controversial religious liberty measure that critics argue would allow discrimination against the state’s LGBTQ community.

The so-called “Save Chick-fil-A” bill prevents local governments from taking “adverse actions” against a business or person due to their religious beliefs or moral convictions, including those regarding marriage. Senate Bill 1978 came in response to efforts by the San Antonio City Council to block Chick-fil-A from opening up a location at the city’s airport over the Georgia-based chain’s “legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior.”

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Recently, Chick-fil-A has come under fire for its charitable donations to organizations that oppose same-sex marriage. 

Rep. Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth, who sponsored the bill, said the legislation protects the rights of religious Texans, according to Dallas News. But Dallas Rep. Jessica Gonzalez, a Democrat and lesbian, said the measure reminds “those of us who have never belonged not to get too comfortable.”

The franchise also received similar backlash back in March after hospitality company Delaware North and the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority canceled plans to include a location at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

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“Recent coverage about Chick-fil-A continues to drive an inaccurate narrative about our brand,” the chain said in response to criticism. “We do not have a political or social agenda or discriminate against any group. More than 145,000 people from different backgrounds and beliefs represent the Chick-fil-A brand. We embrace all people, regardless of religion, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity.”

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