UK's First Chick-fil-A Is Shutting Down After LGBTQ Protests

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Global News reached out to Chick-fil-A for comment but did not hear back by publication time.

The first Chick-fil-A location in the United Kingdom will be closing in six months.

The store opened its "pilot" location on October 10 in Reading, which is about an hour and a half drive from London.

Though Reading Pride stated "we respect everyone's freedom to eat wherever they choose", the group nonetheless celebrated The Oracle's decision not to extend Chick-Fil-A's lease.

After the USA fast food chain opened a branch in the English town of Reading, the LGBTQ+ advocacy group Reading Pride started organizing protests outside the restaurant in the Oracle shopping mall.

According to Berkshire Live, Reading diners were "deeply divided" and engaged in a "fierce debate" about the opening. In 2012, the CEO of the company, Dan Cathy, said the chain was in "support of the traditional family", though the company publically maintains not to "have a political or social agenda".

The Christian owners of Chick-fil-A, which has about 2,400 outlets in the U.S., have made donations to organisations opposed to same-sex relationships and marriage equality. All customers who use the app will receive Chick-fil-A one points, which can be compiled for rewards such as a free sandwich.

The Oracle shopping center, in which the new store was based, has announced that it will not be extending Chick-fil-A's six-month lease due to ongoing protests and calls for boycotts, the BBC reports. "We mutually agreed to a six month lease with the Oracle Mall in Studying as a part of a long run technique for us as we glance to develop our worldwide presence".

The chains ethos and good position goes totally against our qualities, and that of the U.K.as we are a dynamic nation that has sanctioned same sex marriage for certain years, and keeps on endeavoring toward correspondence, its announcement read.

Chick-fil-A said it had planned to stay for a limited time anyway...

'To absorb an organization with such values in our metropolis is abhorrent to us. Last year, Rider University in New Jersey declined to offer Chick-fil-A an outlet on campus - despite demands from students - because the company was "widely perceived to be in opposition to the LGBTQ+ community".

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