When Chick-Fil-A’s founder Truett Cathy started his first location in Hapeville, Georgia in 1946, he made a decision to close on Sundays so employees could spend time with friends or family, rest, and worship God at church . This simple recipe has turned Chick-Fil-A into a tower of success.
In spite of less hours and fewer outlets, Cathy’s ongoing method of being practical as well as spiritual has been a successful formula, so successful that Chick-Fil-A passed Kentucky Fried Chicken in sales in 2012.
Although Chick-Fil-A has only 1,775 locations to KFC’s lofty 4,438 stores, Chick-Fil-A registered $5.05 billion in sales to KFC’s $4.22 billion according to Technomi which is the one of the leading food researchers in America.
Even though CEO Dan Cathy had public relations issues for merely coming out as a pro-traditional marriage supporter in 2012, it did not stop the juggernaut chicken franchise to not only pass KFC, but created a respectable distance in the top position by nearly a billion dollars in sales.
Chick-Fil-A is well established in the South and has been expanding its market in the West and East which should solidify its position as the leading chicken franchise not only in America, but the world.
There are other Christian owned businessis that are doing better than normal by adhering to Biblical principles as Hobby Lobby, In and Out, Forever 21, Tyson Foods, Alaska Air, and Curves are a sampling of businesses that do not hide their faith foundation.
In and Out, Alaska Air, and Forever 21 sometimes receives criticism for having Bible passages available for the customers to view and enjoy. Other businesses as Hobby Lobby are far ahead of the curve on treating their employees with respect and providing the highest minimum wage than many other businesses offering hourly compensation in a healthy $13-$16 dollars per hour.
Clinging to Biblical values has paid off handsomely for these top Christian owned businesses that follow God’s economic plan of “give and it shall be given unto you, pressed down, shaken together and running over”.
In spite of threats and intimidation from those looking to harm Chick-Fil-A, the company continues to flourish and be a leading example for other corporate businesses to follow.
During a recent snowstorm that stranded many motorists in the Birmingham, Alabama area, Chick-Fil-A was once again ahead of the curve when they handed out over 1,000 sandwiches to stranded drivers. Doing the right thing always seems to pay dividends from those remembering such thoughtful generosity.
According to Chick-Fil-A’s company website, store operators had given more than $68 million in contributions to over 700 educational and charitable organizations which did not include millions of dollars in food donations all across America.
The test of “one cannot out-give God” is done continuously across many of the Chick-Fil-A locations, and the store owners are finding that standard to be quite true.