UK's The #Oracle #Reading (@OracleReading) Cancels Anti-#LGBT Chain Chick-fil-A's (@ChickfilA) Lease

(TIME) — “We offer an inclusive space.” Only 8 days after opening its first U.K. location, a British mall has decided not to renew Chick-fil-A's lease.

The first Chick-fil-A in the U.K. will be closing in six months due to backlash to the fast food chain with an anti-LGBT reputation.

Chick-fil-A, an Atlanta-based company that has often made headlines for heartwarming stories of customer service, is owned by a family who, in 2012, faced backlash for their ties to millions of dollars of donations to anti-LGBTQ causes. The chain’s owners have publicly stated they support the “biblical definition of marriage.” WinShape Foundation, the owner’s charity foundation, had also donated $1,000 to Exodus International, according to tax records obtained by Equality Matters, an LGBT advocacy organization. Exodus International closed in 2013, but had been a proponent of conversion therapy.

“At the Oracle, we offer an inclusive space where everyone is welcome,” said a spokesperson for The Oracle in a statement to TIME. “We always look to introduce new concepts for our customers, however, we have decided on this occasion that the right thing to do is to only allow Chick-fil-A to trade with us for the initial six month pilot period, and not to extend the lease any further.”

Source: TIME, full story


Leave a Reply