Chick-fil-A is a privately held and family owned fast food franchise with over 1500 locations nationwide. Established in 1946 by Truett Cathy, he opened his first restaurant, The Dwarf Grill, in Hapeville, Georgia. In 2010, annual sales were over $3.5 billion.
Restaurants can be stand alone locations, mall-based (including in food courts), drive-thru only as well as college campuses, hospitals, and airport "Lunch Counters". They operate themed restaurants known by the names Dwarf House and Truett's Grill. They included the full Chick-fil-A menu.
Their brand campaign since 1995 has been a cow (symbolizing hamburgers) with a sign that reads "Eat Mor Chikin".
They are a Christian business and are best known, even in the secular world, for their decision to not open their stores (whether company-owned or franchised) on the Lord's day, Sunday. This applies even to their location inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of the Atlanta Falcons (who usually play on Sundays).
Truett and Jeannette Cathy created the WinShape Foundation over 20 years ago which currently operates 11 foster care homes in Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama. In addition, college scholarships totaling more than $26 million, camping, marriage counseling and more. Chick-fil-A franchises often contribute to local charities, school sports and activities, and non-profit organizations.
Targeting by homosexual activists
Chick-fil-A is frequently the target of a boycott by liberals who dislike Christian organizations, including those that support the traditional definition of marriage. The activists made a mountain-out-of-a-mole-hill regarding a Massachusetts anti-same-sex "marriage" group getting catering from Chick-fil-A. This has upset social misfits dearly and homosexuals began organizing to boycott as a result.
In July 2012, Chick-fil-A Chief Operations Officer Dan Cathy expressed his personal Christian opinion to a Baptist newspaper saying "guilty as charged" for the defense of traditional marriage. An avalanche of liberal outrage ensued and the so-called tolerant No-H8 crowd demanded future Chick-fil-A restaurants be banned in Chicago, Boston and San Francisco. The Jim Henson Company cancelled their contract to manufacture Muppets merchandise with Chick-fil-A. Liberals took to the internet to slander the chain as "bigots" and "haters".
Led by Mike Huckabee and the American Family Association, conservatives rallied and began a Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day on August 1, 2012, where more than 630,000 people signed up to support the event on Facebook and Chick-fil-A locations around the country were packed with patrons who came to support Cathy's stand on traditional marriage and send a message to the forces of liberalism and political correctness. Pro-homosexual liberals held a childish "kiss-in" protest on August 3 at various Chick-fil-A restaurants as a protest of traditional marriage, which largely bombed as it drew barely any protesters. On the same day, one location in Torrance, California was targeted with graffiti by pro-homosexual vandals.