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Praise God, from whom all chickens flow

posted by jmcgee

The fast food chain Chick-fil-A had a banner year, and decided to give credit where credit is due:

Fast-food chain Chick-fil-A celebrated its 42nd year of consecutive sales growth Tuesday with praise to God.

chick fil a.png“Chick-fil-A has truly been blessed to have had another year of sales growth during these difficult economic times,” stated Chick-fil-A President and CEO Dan T. Cathy in an announcement Tuesday.

“We have sensed God’s continued blessings on this business, especially during these unprecedented economic times,” he added.

In the year 2009, while most in the restaurant industry saw declines, Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A witnessed its largest annual sales figure ever – $3.2 billion, up by 8.6 percent from the year before. The company also opened 83 new restaurants in 2009, including 69 stand-alone restaurants, one mall location, and 13 licensed outlets.

“While we by no means are immune to the economic challenges our country is facing, we do believe we will continue to remain healthy as long as we stay committed to the qualities that have shaped the Chick-fil-A brand thus far: providing exception customer service and unmatched product quality to every customer on every visit,” reported Cathy, whose company claims to have produced the fast-food industry’s first chicken sandwich.

As Chick-fil-A’s retention rate continues to be among the highest in the industry – at 97 percent – Cathy predicts that 2010 will be a “banner year” for the company and “perhaps our most notable year ever.”

The company will be looking toward reaching the $4-billion mark now that it’s surpassed $3 billion for the first time – just three years after surpassing the $2-billion mark and nine years after surpassing the $1-billion mark.

“God has truly blessed our business and we pray that He will continue to keep His hand upon us,” Cathy stated after announcing last year’s milestone.

The company’s official statement of corporate purpose says that the business exists “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 in contact with Chick-fil-A.”

Unlike other major fast-food chains, Chick-fil-A is closed on Sundays in keeping with God’s commandment to remember and keep holy the Sabbath day.



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Franklin Jennings

posted February 5, 2010 at 3:51 pm


Too bad he uses his profits to fund mission trips spreading the Gospel to non-Christian lands such as Malta.
Evangelised-by-St-Paul-Malta.
Cathy will never see a thin dime of mine, even if that sandwich is almost heavenly.



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kaya walek

posted February 5, 2010 at 4:15 pm


even though i may need a chic-fil-a fix on sundays, i am glad they are standing up for god. our church is a mission minded church, glad to hear they sponsor missions to countries that need to hear about the word of god. chic-fil-a is the best fast food!



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The Ironic Catholic

posted February 5, 2010 at 5:06 pm


Best. Post title. ever.



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Deacon John M. Bresnahan

posted February 5, 2010 at 6:10 pm


Although we frequently don’t follow our family resolve to not engage in commerce on Sunday-we do choose–whenever we can–to patronize Chic-Filet because we know they stay closed on Sunday. What a tremendous Christian witness they give on Sundays when you walk through Mall Food Courts and see that they are the only fast food place closed because it is the Lord’s Day.
I remember clearly how– many decades ago– we in our food chain store (A&P) fought hard to keep the Mass. Sunday “Blue Laws” in effect so we could be with our families on at least one day guaranteed. I also remember clearly the lies, fraud, and deceit used to turn Sunday from a day of rest into just another High Greed Day on the calendar. Supposedly, the rights of store workers to take Sunday off were protected. Yeah! Sure! They found ways to not hire those who don’t wish to work on Sunday and used all sorts of promotion and scheduling chicanery to make sure store workers would be the perfect slaves to the corporate trashing of Sunday.
So, three cheers and a Hail Mary to the Chick-Filet people. Too bad there aren’t some Catholic business owners who worship God and not the dollar sign.



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Klaire

posted February 5, 2010 at 10:56 pm


Curves is another business that won’t do buisness (or allow their gyms to be open), on Sunday.
On another note, cruises ships are the worst. Good luck finding a cruiseship that is ever in port on a Sunday. Why? Because outside of the US, most of the port cites DON’T do business on Sundays, making Sunday not a “profitable” day to be in port (of course the ships get a kickback). Even worse, Holland America is the only cruise line that still keeps a Catholic priest on board on every sailing (Celebrity recently cut back).
Bottom line, if you go on cruise, you better bring your own priest!
Hats off to Chick Fillet and Curves, but in essence, these places stay open because we use them on Sundays. I think we have as much of an obligation to not support them as they do to keep the Lord’s Day holy.



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Your Name

posted February 6, 2010 at 7:27 am


wOW!!!WHAT A GOOD NEWS!!!DOING GOOD MISSION IS SOWING INCORRUPTIBLE SEEDS,THERE’S NO WAY FOR DECAYING WHEN PLANTED AND ROOTED ON THE GROUND BECAUSE IT’S THE BEST KIND OF SEED.THANK YOU FOR THE NEWS TODAY,TRULY,THE WORLD’S ECONOMY FINDS ITS HIGHEST AND LOWEST,BUT WITH GOD,THERE’S ONLY SECURITY IN GOOD STEWARDSHIP OF THE MONEY HE BLESSES US WITH,IT’S LIKE A TREE PLANTED BY THE WATERS,IT WILL NEVER GET DRY AND DIE,BUT FLOURISHES IN ALL SEASONS.THERE’S NO WAY HIS WORDS WILL RETURN TO HIM VOID WHEN HEARD CLEAR AND RIGHT.
AGAIN THANK YOU.



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mamasap29

posted February 6, 2010 at 8:40 am


I am not sure what you mean–Malta is predominantly Christian. Why do you refer to it as otherwise? Catholicism is the official religion and last time I checked Catholicism is a Christian faith. Just wondering.



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mamasap29

posted February 6, 2010 at 10:36 am


Just a quick note–my last comment was directed at Franklin Jenkins who posted the first comment. I realized afterward that it seems a bit out of context if someone were not to go back and “read all comments”. Thanks and have a blessed day all.



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Joseph J Cleary

posted February 6, 2010 at 11:11 am


mamasap– Jennings is saying that evangelical christians supported by Cathy are “fishing in the catholic pond” of Malta. I don’t know if thats true but I have no reason to deny it either.
When it comes to business, I do tend to think that ” the Lord helps those who help themselves” more then playing favorites. To be fair, some fast food chains have done better during the current recession. ( see Mc Donald’s) Chick-fil-a is a well run chain, the advertising with the cows is memorable and their locations are usually clean and the menu is appealing.
I have often thought that chains such as Chick-fil-a and Franklin-Covey and now I learn also Curves benefit from being dark one day a week. MBA and wall street types count up the lost sales. But these places are operated by people – not just the clerks but also store managers and even franchise owners. They know – and their families know- they can always plan personal time on a Sunday without worrying about the work schedule. It’s a grounding that doesn’t exist in a retail world that increasingly views all 365 days a year – including holidays- as a missed selling opportunity. And these businesses benefit by retaining staff better then their competitors.
The real cost of employee turnover and morale ( and the lost productivity that goes with such) is never really captured accurately by accountants. Happy cows+happy staff = a well run business = more profits — that may be a simplification but there is some truth there.



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Jann

posted February 6, 2010 at 9:28 pm


Thank you Dan T. Cathy Good Job



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Mike

posted February 8, 2010 at 12:20 am


As much as I crave Chick-Fil-A sometimes I applaud them for not being open on Sundays in order to keep the Sabbath Holy. What’s nice is that there are two other chains in the Oklahoma City area that do the same thing. Mardel (a Christian bookstore) and Hobby Lobby (art and crafts) are both closed on Sunday as well so their employees can celebrate the Sabbath with their families.
My hat is off to all three companies in doing the right thing and not worrying about profit. They are keeping God’s commandments and He is in turn providing for the companies in both happy employees(low turnover) and increasing profits in bad economic times.



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