According to Janney Capital Markets, Chik-fil-A restaurants, you know - the Christian oriented restaurant that liberals and the LGBT community love to hate because CEO Dan Cathy actually had the gall to say he believes in traditional marriage between a man and a woman - is one of the most quickly growing fast food restaurants in the United States and could one day challenge McDonald's for the number one slot in the country.
Not that it will happen right away - they are still in 9th place, well behind McDonald's, Subway, Starbucks, Wendy's, Burger King, Taco Bell, Dunkin' Donuts and Pizza Hut. But they are moving up rapidly in the total sales category - quite rapidly, in fact, considering there are far fewer restaurants than the other big names, the fact that they're not open for business on Sunday like the others and taking into consideration the controversy and attempted boycott last year
Janney Capital Markets is a branch of Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, a U.S. broker-dealer registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and a member of the New York Stock Exchange, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and the Securities Investor Protection Corp. They have a pretty good reputation for knowing their stuff.
Let's look at numbers for a minute. Chik-fil-A is going nationwide but in these select states here is a numerical breakdown (according to Janney) of the number of current Chik-fil-A restaurants compared to McDonald's:
New Jersey 28
New York (state) 31
Each of these same states has at least 200+ McDonald's restaurants in them with Michigan having 400, Ohio and Illinois having 500 and New York state a whopping 600+. (I wonder how Michael Bloomberg ever allowed that...?)
Much to the liberals' chagrin, in America it seems if you provide a good product to your customers with good service and a good attitude - people come back. Did you read about the Chik-fil-A franchise owner in Alabama last year during the big snowstorm who kept his restaurant open just so he could hand out meals to as many stranded motorists as possible (for free) and give shelter inside his restaurant to anyone who needed it? Even though it was only one restaurant owner - I didn't hear any reports of McDonald's or any other fast food restaurant doing that.
Like Hobby Lobby, the Chik-fil-A corporation is founded and operated on Christian principles. They do not discriminate against people for what those people believe but stand for their own beliefs and defend them... not that they should have to defend them. They treat people fairly and treat customers well. It shows.
I can only imagine the increase in hatred growing as Chik-fil-A continues to succeed as other restaurants begin losing in the numbers game. I can see heads spinning already as they hear the news. Despite what President Obama might say - America is still a mostly Christian nation. And the Chik-fil-A numbers seem to indicate that's true.