NY Lawmakers Try To Force Chick-fil-A To Change Its Decades-Old Business Model

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Ever since Chick-fil-A opened its doors in 1946, they have held steady to one rule above all else: all locations are closed on Sundays. Originally done to guarantee all employees had at least one day off with their families, Sunday was chosen specifically as it is the Sabbath. Since then, this tradition has never been broken in the spirit of doing business. Rather, only during emergencies so food could be prepared to feed those in need free of charge.

Now, New York state lawmakers want to force the company to open their rest stop locations along the NY highway system. Recently, the chain and its franchisees opened locations at 10 of the 27 recently renovated rest stops in NY. Managed by Applegreen travel plazas, they were called out by a spokesman for the NY Thruway Authority for reportedly not being in compliance.

“As part of the new 33-year contract to manage these facilities, Applegreen is required to have at least one hot and cold food option available 24 hours a day at all locations. Chick-fil-A’s Sunday closure is a brand requirement which Applegreen factored into their tenant plan.”

In the eyes of Democratic NY state Sen. Michelle Hinchey, this causes a domino effect. “If one of the main food options closes for just one day, it not only inconveniences travelers but also puts a significant strain on the food spots that are open, leading to longer wait times.”

Yet this would have been disclosed when the state entered into its agreement with Applegreen and its plans to use Chick-fil-A as a food provider. More to the point, the state is horrific to think that this will change because of them. Even at the Mercedes Benz Dome in NOLA, Chick-fil-A does not open on Sundays, and that stadium is the home of the Atlanta Falcons.

Try as they might, this isn’t going to be an issue the social justice warriors on the left stand a chance at winning.