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Two years after controversy, Chick-fil-A is Number One in Chicken

Chick-fil-a has outpaced KFC as the nation's top chicken chain
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Two summers ago, Chick-fil-A President and Chief Executive Officer Dan Cathy caused a media stir when he told Baptist Press that Chick-fil-A was "a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives."

The outrage was predictable, and there were calls for boycotts. But on the Christian right, there was a rally to defend Chick-fil-A day and on August 1, 2012 thousands stood in line, sometimes for hours, to show support for the fast food chain.

Chick-fil-A clarified their stance in a statement that some said the chain was "caving" to pressure, but what the statement actually said was:

"As we have stated, the Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect — regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender. We will continue this tradition in the over 1,600 restaurants run by independent Owner/Operators.”

Many thought that Cathy's statements would be bad for business and that the chain would suffer.

But today's Wall Street Journal reported, "It doesn’t open on Sundays, is barely present in much of the country (three stores in Massachusetts, one in Michigan, one in Wisconsin), and it has less than half as many U.S. restaurants as KFC. But in the last decade, closely held fast food chain Chick-fil-A has overtaken Colonel Sanders to become the biggest player in the fast-food chicken business, according to a report out today from Janney."

The Chick-fil-A Corporate Purpose is: “To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us and to have a positive influence on all who come into contact with Chick-fil-A."

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