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Chick-fil-A comes to Canada
Toronto Sun ^ | May 29, 2014 | Katie Schneider

Posted on 05/29/2014 10:31:22 AM PDT by Squawk 8888

CALGARY — A controversial U.S. fast food franchise has set up shop in Calgary.

Chick-fil-A opened Tuesday at the departures level of the Calgary International Airport, outside of the Delta and WestJet ticket counter, said Cheryl Dick, senior director of operations for licensing.

It's currently the only location open in Canada, though not the first to ever come to the country.

"We were in Canada before in 1995 and learned a lot through that experience, but we weren't open very long and now we have an opportunity to work with our business partner HMSHost and open this new location," she said.

"It's a great opportunity for us to introduce the brand, the food, our service, to Calgarians.”

The franchise — famous for chicken sandwiches, waffle fries and being closed on Sundays — came under fire after its president publicly opposed gay marriage in 2012.

When asked if the company is worried about how it will be perceived while operating in Canada, a country that supports gay marriage, Chick-fil-A spokeswoman Brenda Morrow said it will be a welcoming place.

"As a restaurant company, we are just really focused on the food service and the hospitality and so we are going to strive to make it a welcoming place for everyone that wants a great meal," Morrow said.

The airport location will be closed Sundays.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Canada; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: canada; chickfila

1 posted on 05/29/2014 10:31:22 AM PDT by Squawk 8888
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To: Squawk 8888
When asked if the company is worried about how it will be perceived while operating in Canada, a country that supports gay marriage,

I'm glad I wasn't the spokesman for Chik-Fil-A, because how I might answer that would be unprintable.

2 posted on 05/29/2014 10:34:17 AM PDT by Fido969 (What's sad is most)
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To: Clive; exg; Alberta's Child; albertabound; AntiKev; backhoe; Byron_the_Aussie; Cannoneer No. 4; ...
To all- please ping me to Canadian topics.

Canada Ping!

3 posted on 05/29/2014 10:34:32 AM PDT by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: Squawk 8888
A controversial U.S. fast food franchise has set up shop in Calgary.

Controversial? Pathetic.

4 posted on 05/29/2014 10:34:42 AM PDT by mykroar (We fight, get beat, rise, and fight again. - Nathanael Greene)
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To: Squawk 8888

CALGARY — A controversial U.S. fast food franchise has set up shop in Calgary.

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Controversial? Only for rump rangers, maybe. Normal people see nothing controversial here.


5 posted on 05/29/2014 10:34:48 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Squawk 8888

How long before the socialists vandalize it?


6 posted on 05/29/2014 10:35:33 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi
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To: Squawk 8888

Why is it the day I most want to have Chick-Fil-A is on Sunday...Ugh! I think God is playing with me.....


7 posted on 05/29/2014 10:35:47 AM PDT by napscoordinator (Governor Scott Walker 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: Squawk 8888

Shouldn’t it be Chik-Fil-Eh?


8 posted on 05/29/2014 10:36:27 AM PDT by over3Owithabrain
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To: Squawk 8888

RE: A controversial U.S. fast food franchise has set up shop in Calgary.

Controversial why? Did they violate any sanitation law or are rude to their customers?


9 posted on 05/29/2014 10:37:05 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: Squawk 8888

Don’t do it! They put crack in that stuff. I started going everyday.


10 posted on 05/29/2014 10:37:20 AM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: SeekAndFind

bump


11 posted on 05/29/2014 10:37:35 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Squawk 8888

It’s “congroversial” only if one takes the 2-3% of miswired folks out there and actually gives a smelly Obama about what they think about marrying each other.

And if “it’s not a choice,” then it can only be miswiring.


12 posted on 05/29/2014 10:39:04 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: over3Owithabrain

Nice one.


13 posted on 05/29/2014 10:39:32 AM PDT by CrazyIvan (I lost my phased plasma rifle in a tragic hovercraft accident.)
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To: Squawk 8888

Why do they have it in Canada before they’ve built them in Seattle or Portland?

The PacNW also needs some Waffle House locations built.


14 posted on 05/29/2014 10:41:20 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Squawk 8888

Oh no! Keep your nuggets of hate away !


15 posted on 05/29/2014 10:51:43 AM PDT by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period. PALIN/CRUZ 2016)
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To: longfellow

Fresh REAL food fast Is amazing isn’t it?


16 posted on 05/29/2014 11:00:16 AM PDT by autumnraine
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I was watching an old Dog Bounty Hunter episode and was surprised Waffle Housr is in Denver.


17 posted on 05/29/2014 11:01:48 AM PDT by autumnraine
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To: autumnraine

Those queers never had a chance boycotting them.


18 posted on 05/29/2014 11:03:53 AM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: Squawk 8888
Oh, the horror! CONTROVERSIAL, you say?

So controversial that the liberal "boycott" resulted in the following:

Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A logged sales of $5.1 billion in 2013 - a 9.3 percent jump over 2012 – and surpassed KFC again as the top chicken chain, according to Technomic Inc.’s annual report on the top U.S. restaurant organizations.

19 posted on 05/29/2014 11:08:03 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Squawk 8888

For the record, Canada doesn’t “support” gay marriage, it was forced on us by unelected bleeding-heart judges in Ontario and the Supreme Court.

And as for “controversial”, I’ll bet Chick-Fil-A management is laughing all the way to the bank with all the free publicity they’re getting - who needs to pay for advertising?


20 posted on 05/29/2014 11:08:17 AM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: autumnraine

Waffle house goes as far west as Arizona and Colorado.


21 posted on 05/29/2014 11:09:19 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Squawk 8888

“A controversial U.S. fast food franchise”

Yeah, because they wont open up one here in Michigan!

Why do you forsake us?!!?


22 posted on 05/29/2014 11:12:31 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: mykroar

http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/morning_call/2014/03/report-chick-fil-a-tops-kfc-again-in-annual-sales.html

From the above link:

Report: Chick-fil-A tops KFC again in annual sales

People are eating more Chick-fil-A chicken. A new annual report says Chick-fil-A sold more chicken in 2013 than KFC.


23 posted on 05/29/2014 11:19:53 AM PDT by GOPJ (>The Mainstream Ministry of Information does not stand for liberty. Freeper Gene Eric)
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To: Squawk 8888

Nobody supports gay marriage. There is no such thing.

Those who are not repulsed by the idea of Homosexual behavior is a pervert.


24 posted on 05/29/2014 11:22:19 AM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: GOPJ

That’s an amazing stat given that Chik-Fil-A has about on tenth the number of locations (1700 vs 19,000) as KFC.

It must be insanely profitable.


25 posted on 05/29/2014 11:27:25 AM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: Squawk 8888

Going to stick to Swiss Chalet.

“Always so good for so little.”


26 posted on 05/29/2014 11:43:04 AM PDT by Snowyman
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To: Snowyman

Here in the burbs of Ft. Lauderdale, there are 3 within a few miles.

YUMMY STUFF


27 posted on 05/29/2014 11:54:46 AM PDT by bicyclerepair (The zombies here elected alcee hastings. TERM LIMITS ... TERM LIMITS)
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To: nascarnation

They are - always crazy busy at the one near us, but they’re still quick even when it’s back to the doors.


28 posted on 05/29/2014 12:01:35 PM PDT by mykroar (We fight, get beat, rise, and fight again. - Nathanael Greene)
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To: Squawk 8888
A controversial U.S. fast food franchise...

I stopped right there.

29 posted on 05/29/2014 12:14:02 PM PDT by Lou L (Health "insurance" is NOT the same as health "care")
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To: over3Owithabrain
Shouldn’t it be Chik-Fil-Eh?

Well played.
30 posted on 05/29/2014 12:36:24 PM PDT by rockvillem
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To: SeekAndFind
Controversial why? Did they violate any sanitation law or are rude to their customers?

"Controversial" is a code word (think PC dog whistle) which means, "not PC, don't listen, OK to hate". Its PC usage has nothing to do with its dictionary meaning; you won't see it applied to a leftist, no matter how combative and irresponsible. But Rush Limbaugh? "Controversial" is practically his title of address in that world.

Chick-Fil-A probably has not done enough penance to expiate the guilt of having sent a couple bucks to the AFA (if that's who it was, I disremember). They might have to open on Sunday after all, and start serving tofu burgers or something.

31 posted on 05/29/2014 1:07:11 PM PDT by thulldud (Is it "alter or abolish" time yet?)
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To: Da Coyote

I am from B.C. friend, and my husband’s family is from Calgary. What I learned is that Calgary IS Conservative or whatever you want to call it - I say way to the right but not Socialist. That Socialist BullS*&t really bugs me. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of them in this country but Calgary and Alberta for that matter - NO!! They are cowboys if you get my drift. And I live in the part of B.C. that is Conservative. (The Interior as in Kelowna) - Vancouver - bury it!! It’s a place that I lived in, went to University in, got my nursing degree in, and now, I am happy to get the heck out of after a weekend. CO


32 posted on 05/29/2014 3:00:07 PM PDT by Canadian Outrage (Conservatism is to a country what medicine is to a wound - HEALING!!)
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To: nascarnation
There's a culture of honesty at Chick-fil-A that's NOT at KFC. Some months back I went through the drive thru at Chick fil A... and with my hearing problems - as usual I couldn't quite make out my total... I pulled up to the window and the young woman said the computers were down and all orders were free. I offered her money anyhow and told her she could ring it up later...She refuse the money - said ‘rules are rules’. I took my free food with a smile and a new loyalty.

Some time back I had a mild run in with KFC that was quite different... I got my order and the receipt was wrong. I told the woman at the window that I had been given the wrong receipt. She knew it - because she said to me something to the effect that ‘it was OK’ because the amount was lower than what I owed. I asked her to ring up my order and bill me the amount I owed. I can assure you - she was NOT happy.

33 posted on 05/29/2014 4:33:54 PM PDT by GOPJ (>The Mainstream Ministry of Information does not stand for liberty. Freeper Gene Eric)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
Why do they have it in Canada before they’ve built them in Seattle or Portland?

Perhaps because many Calgarians have asked them on their website, to come to open in Canada.
Perhaps because Calgary is one of the richest cities in Canada and conservative and fastest growing (in spite of a muhamedan mayor who appears kinda 'light in the loafers').
Perhaps because there are almost 100K Americans in this city.
Perhaps because many Christians in this city are familiar with Chick-fil-A through their sponsoring of several leadership conferences broadcast at several mega-churches in Calgary.

With all the air traffic from Calgary to other oil centres and to the States, there are bound to be many passengers who are familiar with CfA. For many others, if the food is as good as people on FR say, it will grow, in spite of what the homosex lobby may try.

I suspect CfA management fear the strong homosex lobby on the 'left' coast, be it Canada or the US, so they likely will expand service in Alberta before they try the leftist States and Province. I suspect the tax regime in AB is better than in either WA or OR, plus Calgary has 1.1 million and is projected to grow to 1.4 million in 3 years. Until and unless 0.00 completely destroys the US economy, Calgary will keep growing.

FWIW, if I had not happened on this article, I would not have known, so I thank the person who posted this.

34 posted on 05/29/2014 5:22:24 PM PDT by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was blind but now I see...)
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To: over3Owithabrain

Maybe if they expand up here, they’ll re-brand it that way, just for Canada. It might confuse the homosex lobby who might want to protest them.


35 posted on 05/29/2014 5:26:49 PM PDT by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was blind but now I see...)
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To: nascarnation

Yeah, the number’s almost too good to be true...almost.


36 posted on 05/29/2014 6:11:11 PM PDT by GOPJ (>The Mainstream Ministry of Information does not stand for liberty. Freeper Gene Eric)
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To: GOPJ

Wikipedia (yeah I know) says for 2013

KFC: $23b
CFA: $ 4b

That seems a lot more reasonable.


37 posted on 05/29/2014 6:14:25 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: nascarnation

LOL - slight difference in the numbers. I suspect you’re right on this nascarnation. Good catch.


38 posted on 05/30/2014 8:38:03 AM PDT by GOPJ (>The Mainstream Ministry of Information does not stand for liberty. Freeper Gene Eric)
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To: Da Coyote

I am from B.C. friend, and my husband’s family is from Calgary. What I learned is that Calgary IS Conservative or whatever you want to call it - I say way to the right but not Socialist. That Socialist BullS*&t really bugs me. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of them in this country but Calgary and Alberta for that matter - NO!! They are cowboys if you get my drift. And I live in the part of B.C. that is Conservative. (The Interior as in Kelowna) - Vancouver - bury it!! It’s a place that I lived in, went to University in, got my nursing degree in, and now, I am happy to get the heck out of after a weekend. CO


39 posted on 05/30/2014 8:50:42 AM PDT by Canadian Outrage (Conservatism is to a country what medicine is to a wound - HEALING!!)
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