Chick-fil-A to Become 3rd Largest Restaurant Chain, Despite Being Closed on Sundays
By Michael Foust – 5-9-19
CNBC reported May 8 that the chain is on pace to become the third-largest restaurant in sales this year, passing Subway and trailing only McDonald’s and Starbucks.
“Chick-fil-A stands out largely because it has avoided any major menu renovations, unlike competitors McDonald’s and Burger King [by] sticking to a relatively simple menu,” CNBC’s Sara Eisen reported.
The company, she added, has instead focused “on its signature chicken sandwiches.”
Chick-fil-A will reach No. 3 “despite all the controversy and despite the fact that it’s closed on Sundays,” she said.
Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy decided to close on Sundays in 1946 when he opened the first restaurant in Hapeville, Ga., according to the Chick-fil-A website.
“Having worked seven days a week in restaurants open 24 hours, Truett saw the importance of closing on Sundays so that he and his employees could set aside one day to rest and worship if they choose – a practice we uphold today,” the website says.
Jodee Morgan, senior director of culture and talent operations for Chick-fil-A, said in a 2017 interview that the policy has benefited the company.
“Despite being open only six out of seven days a week, we’ve been able to consistently generate more sales than competitors who are open every day,” Morgan said. “And I do think customers appreciate our policy. I know our employees do.”
Michael Foust is a freelance writer. Visit his blog, MichaelFoust.com.
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