BERKSHIRE, England – Just after Chick-fil-A opened its first restaurant in the UK, the place is set to close amid pressure from gay rights groups over past gifts to anti-LGBTQ groups.
In the midst of a boycott call, Oracle Shopping Center decided eight days after Chick-fil-A opened that "the right thing to do" was to let the restaurant's six-month trial run out, the BBC reports.
The family-owned business, based in Atlanta, has previously been criticized for helping fund groups that condemn homosexuality. Think Progress reports that Chick-fil-A donated $ 1.8 million to "discriminatory groups" in 2017.
The company's CEO, Dan T. Cathy, also commented in 2012 on gay marriage that ignited a backlash online .
Chick-fil-A addressed protests against donations, saying in a March statement that the Chick-fil-A Foundation's grant "helps with financial mobility among young people by focusing on homelessness and poverty, education and revitalization of society, and is done without political or social agenda. "