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Chick-fil-A has opened its very first location in the United Kingdom. Since Thursday, October 10, it has served “several hundred” patrons in the town of Reading, Berkshire county. However, the shopping center leasing the location to the fast-food chain has just announced they will not be renewing the company’s six-month “pilot period” lease.
The location is meant to test British reception to the American fast-food chain and learn what kind of menu items might hit it off in the UK. However, some are not so pleased with the company’s sites on expansion across the pond. A protest at the Reading store has been planned for tomorrow, Saturday, October 19, 2019, organized by the group Reading Pride.
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Citing Chick-fil-A’s historically anti-LGBTQ stance, protestors say the UK is “no place for backward practising organisations that support charities including a charity that sent a preacher to Uganda to assist in the ‘kill the gays’ law.”
The goal of Reading Pride’s demonstration is to bring awareness to “the Chick-fil-A chain and their anti LGBT+ stance.” Ultimately, they would like to see Chick-fil-A out of Reading and the UK. So far, the group’s advocacy has managed to convince the shopping mall leasing to Chick-fil-A in Reading not to continue its six-month lease. According to the BBC, a spokesperson for the Oracle Shopping Centre said they have decided “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.”
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Reading Pride is satisfied with the shopping center’s decision. A spokesperson told the BBC the six-month period is a “reasonable request… to allow for re-settlement and notice for employees that have moved from other jobs.”
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