Chic-fil-a Informative - Chic-fil-a - wondering why mall restaurants are closing???

Review by salinas0214 on 2010-04-16
I spoke with a manager at the Chic-fil-a in my town and she said they are not renewing a lot of leases at malls because the malls are trying to say they need to be open on Sundays because the malls are open Sundays and that just is not acceptable to Chic-fil-a. Good for them. I hope that if this is the case they continue to stand by their values. We are military and have eaten at every Chic-fil-a at every duty station we have been to and every trip we have ever been on. NEVER had a problem. If food was cold it was fixed immediately. I absolutely love the fact that they play the music I listen to on my localChristian radio station. My kids and husband love it too.
Comments:30 Replies - Latest reply on 2010-04-17
Posted by MDSasquatch on 2010-04-16:
Posted by jktshff1 on 2010-04-16:
I have always respected chick fil for that.
Posted by Pepper on 2010-04-16:
same here
I respect their decision to treat Sunday as a day of rest

Posted by FlShopper on 2010-04-16:
Me, too. I'm not a fan of their food, nor am I particularly religious, but I do admire them for sticking to their beliefs.
Posted by Pepper on 2010-04-16:
yeah i don't eat there either... but that's cos they don't have anything up here in ny state.
Posted by goduke on 2010-04-16:
So if the local McDonalds or Burger King closed from 11a - 1p each day because the franchise owner is Muslim and wants the team to be able to worship properly, we'd all say "good for them"?
Posted by Kenneth on 2010-04-16:
I respect their choice also, but I also respect the mall's requests to have a food establishment be open for the Sunday patrons of the mall. I'm sure that the malls that have empty slots in the food court are not pushing them, but pretty much everyone else wants them to be open to serve the shoppers during the hours that the mall is open.
Posted by FlShopper on 2010-04-16:
goduke, I'd respect their choice. I've lived in areas where some shops and restaurants closed early on Friday or were closed all day Saturday in observance of the Sabbath.
From a business/economical point of view, however, I can see where a mall might not want to have tenants who won't be open on one of the busiest shopping days of the week.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-04-16:
malls are in it to make a buck. certainly this chic-fil-a makes thema profit on the other 6 days of the week. but that's besides the point[according to the mall].
Posted by Pepper on 2010-04-16:
i guess the real question is...

do shoppers have the right to order a store to open
do they have a right to order owner to go against his or her own religious beliefs?

i know back in the great depression companies did that to the workers. "If you don't come to work on Sunday, don't bother coming in on Monday."

i say if the owner closes a store for religious convictions then let them.

no shopper will ever fall over and die just because they didn't get a yummy chicken sammich on a sunday.

they might get a bruised ego from being told "no we won't open" but... who ever died from a bruised ego?
Posted by goduke on 2010-04-16:
Pepper it's in the lease for the space at the mall. It would seem that in the renewal processes, the malls are saying "we need you to agree to be open 7 days." CFA is apparently saying no, and that's the end of the agreement. CFA can't force the mall to agree to a lease that allows them to be open only 6 days.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-04-16:
They are leasing the space from the mall. Therefor, whatever the mall mandates should be followed. I don't agree with it, but that's life. If I were Chic-fil-a, I would be present my case. Show them the numbers that they produce on a weekly basis, and is it really worth losing their business over being open on Sunday. But putting aside the religious tug-o-war that is soon to follow on this post, it's the same as a person renting an apartment. He has to abide by the mandates of the landlord. It sucks, but that is life.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-04-16:
I worked for a bakery in a mall in my younger years. It is in the lease.

Chick-Fil-A has plenty of free-standing stores and when I choose to eat fast food, that's where I go. Good for Chick-Fil-A! They have my full support and my continued business.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-04-16:
In my experiences at the malls the food was room temperature at best.
Too pre-fab for me. The store layouts are like a giant "Lunchable Snack Counter" for adults.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-04-16:
I do wish Chic-Fil-A was open on Sunday but I don't hold it against them. In fact it's admirable they make a stand even though it probably costs them a lot of money. All that being said this review is making me very hungry for Chic-Fil-A. I think I'll have it for lunch today. And of course the food will be very good and the service exceptional.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-04-16:
May I ask the above poster how can the service be exceptional when the only person tht you come in contact with is the cashier?
Clarity would be greatly appreciated.
Posted by Ytropious on 2010-04-16:
While I do wish CFA was open on Sundays, and I'm sure they could increase profits being open (I always seem to want it on Sunday and it's not available to me), but I try to understand.
Posted by andbran on 2010-04-16:
even Hobby Lobby is closed on sundays. i dont think it really effects sales that much
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-04-16:
I agree AndBran, I just can't see a big "run" on fabric or room temperature Waffle Fries on Sundays.
Posted by merope on 2010-04-17:
For the sake of logic and decency, when are we going to get rid of this horror called religion?!
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-04-17:
Merope, some people need religion, please don't call it a horror.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-04-17:
I do not belong to any organized religion, I do believe in God. Different people celebrate their beliefs in different ways. If Chick-Fil-A decides to be closed on Sunday, more power to 'em! There are other places open if you make the choice to eat out.
Posted by merope on 2010-04-17:
Yes, some people need to believe in myths--that is horror and that is the truth and that is it.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-04-17:
If I'm wrong merope I've got nothing to to lose. That's the great thing.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-04-17:
Merope, my beliefs are not myths, as much as you might think so. I believe in God, not a specific religion, and that's my choice.
Posted by Pepper on 2010-04-17:
Personally, I'm not into calling other people's faiths "myths". It is possible to believe that ones own faith is the truth, without insulting others over their own faiths.

As for C-F-A, in my opinion it sounds like the owner is running the business with the idea of success, without being greedy.

Their company has maintained a successful industry without operating on Sunday.

I could be wrong, but it seems to me that the owners have decided they have enough profit without cutting into their chosen day of faith.

That is one major issue with economy here in America. Too many corporations are all about profit, profit, profit, work, work, work.... that if you're not working, you're useless, even if you work on every other day of the week.

What they forget is that ... there's nothing wrong in saying, "I have enough."
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-04-17:
Pepper, I'd vote you helpful more than once if it was allowed! Well said!
Posted by jktshff1 on 2010-04-17:
Pepper +100
Merope, while myself being an agnostic, your remarks about religion being a horror are way out of line. That is totally uncalled for. From your other posts (deleted and retained) you obviously have something against organized religion, and are doing nothing to further your cause. Bashing one's beliefs without the willingness to listen to another's point and an intelligent discussion, is irresponsible, childish and antagonistic.
JM3C ( admin, do what ya gotta do)
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-04-17:
Jkt, if I can be so bold as to borrow your style, +10000!
Admin jkt said nothing wrong but responded to what was posted. Please don't remove his remarks.
Posted by raven2010 on 2010-04-17:
jkt---you are my hero!

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