Chick-fil-A franchise to open in Kitchener on Saturday
After over a year of work, the Chick-fil-A franchise in Kitchener will finally open its doors on Saturday.
The Chicken Chain will be open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Fairway Road next to the Farmboy.
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The company is expected to employ around 100 full-time and part-time employees at the Kitchener site.
It also says it will award 100 local heroes who make an impact in the community with free Chick-fil-A for a year.
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The controversial restaurant chain opened its first Canadian franchise in Toronto in 2017 and attracted crowds of protests from LGBTQ2 and animal rights groups.
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In 2017, a report came out that said the company donated $ 1.8 million to nonprofits with anti-same-sex marriage attitudes.
To end protests and expand its customer base, the company announced in 2019 that it would end donations to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Salvation Army in 2020. The two charities are known for rejecting same-sex marriages.
While the protests were taking place, hundreds of other people lined up around the block to get a chance to try Chick-fil-As’s food.
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The company opened its first Atlanta location in 1946 and has since grown to include more than 2,600 restaurants, most of which are south of the border.
Chick-fil-A has also tried to expand into the UK but has had to close one restaurant in London and one in Edinburgh due to protests.
The local restaurant is run by Olivia Efford, who according to the company is from the greater Toronto area. The University of Guelph graduate worked at both Toronto restaurant locations.
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