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First Chick-fil-A in UK to close just days after opening, according to reports

Posted at 11:33 AM, Oct 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-20 14:38:08-04

Nine days after opening on Oct. 10, the first Chick-fil-A restaurant in the United Kingdom says it will close the location within six months, the Washington Post reports.

The news comes after protests outside the brand-new location at the Oracle Mall in Reading from an LGBTQ group denouncing the company's opposition to same-sex marriage, the paper says.


A mall spokesperson told the BBCthat the company would not be allowed to stay beyond its initial “six-month pilot period,” calling it the “right thing to do.” Chick-fil-A says it had always planned to operate there for only a limited time.

The same spokesperson says the six-month lease with the mall is "part of a longer term strategy for us as we look to expand our international presence.”