The Chick-fil-A restaurant chain has once again registered market-leading sales figures, despite sticking to its long-standing closing policy on Sunday.
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The chain, known for its caring staff and strong Christian ethos, has become the fifth largest fast food company in the United States, according to new data analyzed by investment banking firm Goldman Sachs .
Amazingly, despite closing the doors for Lord's Day, the specialty chicken sale has managed to generate over double the sales revenue of well-known competitor McDonald's.
"Our brand survey shows that Chick-fil-A has had the most brand improvement across [fast-food restaurants] ̵
The company also noted a piece of advice in light of the restaurant's meteoric rise – "steer clear of those in the war city of Chick-fil-A," the analysts wrote. "Our 2,000 consumer brand survey suggests that they will continue to grow and grow."
Last year, Chick-fil-A generated staggering sales of $ 10 billion, up from just $ 2 billion in 2005. Their location numbers are increasing, too. Despite KFC closing 1% of all outlets, Chick-fil-A has opened another 8%! This restaurant chain is clearly blessed.
The popularity of the restaurant was evident in Mebane, NC, on Thursday when devoted customers camped overnight to get a chance to win free chicken for a whole year.
And the loyal fans certainly got their rewards – an electronic card that entitles them to some 52 Chick-fil-A meals over the next twelve months!
"Being involved in our community and mentoring our young team members is what is most important to us, so we are excited to develop new and existing relationships with the Mebane area," said department head Todd Perkins in a news release, according to Fox 8 . "My team and I are incredibly honored to expand the opportunity to serve and bring a new Chick-fil-A to our guests who can enjoy delicious food and genuine hospitality. ”
Does Chick-fil-A ever open on Sundays?
Yes, but only for very special occasions. For example, a branch in Alabama opened its rally through January in January after a 14-year-old autistic boy expressed a desire to spend his birthday working at the popular eatery.
Then, after a quick conversation with the chain's owner, the restaurant was declared open for service and the child's birthday wishes were granted!
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Another example comes from September last year. As the people of North Carolina continued to reel from the effects of Hurricane Florence, a local branch called in staff to serve the ailing community with delicious fried chicken sandwiches.
The staff distributed about 500 of them to affected residents and handed some 1200 nuggets to a variety of shelters.