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14 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Chick-fil-A

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Outdated conservative values be damned, Chick-Fil-A stands as one of America’s finest dining establishments. Despite its relatively limited menu, I could probably eat Chick-Fil-A every day for the rest of my short, heart diseased life. You should probably know everything there is to know about the best chicken joint in the US of A.

  1. Chick-Fil-A’s first college campus locations were at Georgia Tech and Clemson.
  2. Men’s Health Magazine named it the “Healthiest Chain Restaurant” in 2008. Good enough for me.
  3. They serve almost 10 sandwiches per second worldwide.
  4. Sales have increased over 600% since they launched the “Eat mor chickn” campaign in 1995.
  5. Every Chick-Fil-A restaurant is prohibited from being open on Sundays, which is stupid. The restaurant chain is closed Sundays to give all employees a well-deserved day off.
  6. They do close to $5 billion dollars in sales each year.
  7. You can open a Chick-Fil-A for literally $5,000, but you can’t operate any other businesses.
  8. Out of 20,000 new franchise inquiries per year, Chick-Fil-A only picks 75-80.
  9. Chick-Fil-A’s turnover rate among management employees is less than 5%.
  10. They still operate over 300 restaurants located in shopping malls.
  11. Out of thousands of restaurants in the country, there are 33 Chick-Fil-A drive-thrus that do not have dining rooms.
  12. They marinate their chicken in pickle juice. Really.
  13. They’ve been alleged to fund hate groups. So have Netflix, Best Buy, REI, Banana Republic, Six Flags, Apple, RadioShack and 600 other companies. If you boycott them, go ahead and boycott the rest of those companies too.
  14. And that whole thing with Mike Huckabee? Bullshit, too.

[via Chick-Fil-A, Serious Eats, Queerty]

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Brian McGannon

What do I love? I love happy hour, a good golf tan, and getting moderately drunk during dinner.

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