Chick-fil-A plans return to UK after past anti-LGBTQ+ backlash

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  • Chick-fil-A plans to invest $100 million in the U.K. over the next decade.

  • The company plans to open restaurants there by 2025.

  • Chick-fil-A had opened a temporary storefront in Reading in 2019, where it faced protests from LGBTQ activists and supporters.

(KTLA) – Chick-fil-A is planning to open restaurants in the United Kingdom by 2025, officials announced.

The planned expansion comes four years after the company opened a temporary storefront in Reading, a town west of London, in 2019. The company opened a temporary storefront in Reading, a town west of London, four years ago.

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USA Today reported that in 2019, the company would donate money to charities focusing on “educational, homeless and hunger issues and expand its partnerships with Junior Achievement Covenant House, and local foodbanks.” The company has stopped donating money to the Salvation Army, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and other Christian organizations. However, it still receives backlash for even making donations. Berkshire Live reported that shortly after the store opened, the mall which hosted the temporary shop announced the lease would not be extended past six months.

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As part of its new expansion plan, Chick-fil-A plans to invest $100 million in the U.K. over the next decade and plans to open restaurants in Asia by 2026.

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