The first Chick-fil-A in the United Kingdom announced it would shut down in six months, just days after the popular US fast food chain debuted in the country, amid pressure from gay rights activists who protested the chain for contributing millions of dollars for anti-LHBTQ groups.
Protesters swarmed the Oracle mall on Saturday, holding a sign that said "GET THE CHICKEN Say no to bigotry and hate on the High Street."
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The store opened its "pilot" location on October 10 in Reading, which is about an hour and a half drive from London. A mall spokesman said concerns raised by activists about the chain have led them to decide "the right thing to do" is not to extend the restaurant's lease beyond the "six-month pilot period," according to BBC reports.
The restaurant has long faced pushback from LHBTQ groups that attacked CEO Dan Cathy after repeatedly making comments condemning homosexuality and gay marriage and donating $ 1
Chickfil-A defended the donations, saying they were intended to "help with financial mobility for young people by focusing on homelessness and poverty, education and revitalization of the community, and done without a political or social agenda," according to a statement from the company in March.
Cathy has openly stated that America "invites God's judgment upon our nation when we shake its fist at Him and says we know better than you about what constitutes a marria ge," in a radio interview from 2012.
"I praying for the grace of God over our generation that has such a proud, arrogant attitude that we believe has the maturity to redefine what marriage is all about, "he added at the time.  CLICK HERE FOR THE FOK NEWS APP
Cathy later doubled down on his comments, saying he was "guilty as charged" in his discriminatory belief.
Chick-fil-A launched another international store in Canada in September, which also drew a crowd of protesters over the same cases.