Fascinating Facts of the Faith
2008 by Barbour Publishing, Inc.
Closed on Sunday
“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.”
“For your shopping convenience, we’re open seven days a week.” Among the few notable exceptions? The quick-service restaurant chain Chick-fil-A. In defiance of the trend toward extended hours, Chick-fil-A eateries close on Sundays to allow employees worship and family time.
In 1946, Truett Cathy opened his first restaurant, the Dwarf Grill, in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. He pioneered food service in mall locations during the enclosed-shopping craze of the 1960s and 1970s and then opened his first free-standing Chick-fil-A in 1986. The following year saw additional Chick-fil-A and Truett eateries pop up throughout the South on college campuses and in medical centers and airports. In the early 2000s, the mouths of many transplanted Southerners watered to find Chick-fil-A locations in cities throughout the rest of the United States.
In addition to expanding locations, Chick-fil-A broadened its menu to meet consumer demand for healthier fast-food choices, lighter options, and gourmet coffees. While the company has kept pace with changing demographics, shopping destinations, and taste preferences, it has not wavered from its Christian founder’s closed-on Sundays policy.
The company reports strong earnings despite an increasingly competitive marketplace. One of the largest privately held restaurant chains, Chick-fil-A showed $1.975 billion in system-wide sales in 2005 and has received numerous industry awards as well as a devoted following of Chick-fil-A fans. Just don’t get a cluckin’ for a big plate of Chick-n-Strips after church on Sunday. They’re closed.
FACT: Truett Cathy, the founder of Chick-fil-A, says, “Our decision to close on Sunday was our way of honoring God and directing our attention to things more important than our business. If it took seven days to make a living with a restaurant, then we needed to be in some other line of work. Through the years, I have never wavered from that position.”
Personally, I am pleased to patronize Chick-fil-A and Hobby Lobby, and other businesses that honor JESUS!
Speaking a blessing of peace, hope, and holy fun over you for this weekend!