The First Chick-fil-A Location In The UK Will Be Closed Due To Recent Protests

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Earlier this month, Chick-fil-A took the brand global with their first United Kingdom location. But the UK outpost will be closing down due to protests regarding the company's political views, according to Yahoo.

According to BBCLGBTQ rights campaigners called for a boycott of the new branch, located in the Oracle Shopping Center in Reading, England. The shopping center told BBC that they will not be extending Chick-fil-A's lease: "We always look to introduce new concepts for our customers, however, we have decided on this occasion that 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."

In 2017, Think Progress reported that Chick-fil-A donated to organizations that supported discriminatory messages. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Paul Anderson Youth Home, and the Salvation Army are the organizations Chick-fil-A helped to fund, all of which are known for their anti-LGBTQ messages.

This isn't the first time the company's controversial views have been brought into question. In March of this year, a Chick-fil-A location in San Antonio, TX, was barred from opening for the same reason.

Chick-fil-A has previously come forward to defend themselves to BBC, saying "There are 145,000 people—black, white; gay, straight; Christian, non-Christian—who represent Chick-fil-A."

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