The chain opened its second restaurant in the UK in October of last year, following its debut site in Reading, but both launches were met with heavy criticism from the LGBT+ groups over comments made by the American fast food chain’s CEO about the LGBT+ community.
At the time the Highland LGBT Forum said in a Facebook post that it is “disappointed” to see that the hotel has allowed a business with an “atrocious anti-LGBTQ track record” to open in Aviemore.
However, according to a BBC report Chick-fil-A said it had shuttered the site in line with its plans
In 2012 CEO Dan Cathy reportedly said on US radio programme, The Ken Coleman Show, that “defining marriage differently to the bible was akin to shaking a fist at God”.
Shortly after the opening the group revealed it would be closing the store, and a spokesperson for the chain told the BBC that “the right thing to do” was to not extend the restaurant’s lease beyond the “six-month pilot period”.
According to the Evening Standard, the chain has been accused of donating money to groups seen as “hostile” to LGBT+ rights. Reading Pride said these included charities such as Marriage & Family Foundation, the Georgia Family Council, and Exodus International.