Chick-Fil-A is famous for the anti-LGBTQ policies of its executive boardroom. That hasn’t stopped the company from trying to expand and increase profits, both in America and abroad.
However, the company’s international profile is taking a hit.
Why? Because the fast good giant is trying to grow their business and franchises into America’s neighbor to the north.
That’s right: Chick-Fil-A has its sights set on Canada. And the northern country isn’t having it.
CFA’s long game begins with the chicken vendor opening fifteen locations in the Canadian city of Toronto. The premieres are supposed to roll out over the next half-decade.
Of course, this isn’t CFA’s first go-around in Canada: the restaurant chain has extended its business into the Calgary International Airport.
But the planned arrival of the franchise is garnering negative pushback from Canadians. As the site Blogto wrote, “Toronto really doesn’t want a Chick-Fil-A to open here.”
As the site noted: “Whatever the case, Ontario isn’t Georgia, where Chick-Fil-A was founded back in 1946. Many people in Toronto aren’t willing to overlook such a blatant disregard for human rights, as evidenced by all the backlash to yesterday’s announcement that the company wants to open 15 locations here by 2023. The hashtag #boycottchickfila has been gaining traction in Toronto over the past 24 hours.”
Tom Robson, one Internet user, argued that the Canadian Charter (and various human rights laws) stated that such businesses could not be allowed in the country.
The conservative beliefs of the company’s owners have not stopped the chicken franchise from achieving great success during the last fifty years, despite repeated public-relations blunders.
However, recent developments in American eating—and an overall pushback against fast-food as a whole—may mean commercial difficulty for the famous eatery.Whatever the restaurant’s plans to peddle chicken, it’s pretty clear that the upcoming rollout will be a controversial development north of the American border.