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Fredericksburg reacts to Chick-fil-A controversy
UPDATE: 8:13 p.m.
Area Cick-fil-A restaurants had an overwhelming amount of support Wednesday throughout the lunch and dinner hours.
Tim Abbott, the owner of a Chick-fil-A in north Stafford County said it’s been his busiest day ever.
He said he’s had nearly 2,000 transactions–almost 500 more than last Wednesday–and had made nearly double the amount of money as last Wednesday.
He said they have been slammed all day.
Other area locations have had similar reactions.
The Central Park, Southpoint and Garrisonville locations were also slammed.
Employees said customers waited as long as 15 minutes to get their food and lines were out the door. Not only inside, but cars were wrapped around buildings waiting for the drive-through window.
So … We’re getting some calls about (larger-than-usual) crowds at some area Chik-fil-As today as some national figures have urged folks to eat there to show support for the chain in light of its pro-traditional marriage stance. A “kiss-in” is also planned for Friday for those who support gay marriage.
Check out our Facebook page to see a vibrant local discussion on the controversy.
Area Chick-Fil-A restaurants were crowded around lunchtime, but there was no out-of-the-ordinary activity – although we received calls suggesting overflow crowds at one point.
At the Central Park Chick-Fil-A, lines reached the door, but didn’t spill over to the sidewalk. The drive-through line was also long, but that’s not unusual for the location. Todd Fleming, the owner of the restaurant, said it’s been busier than usual. “It’s been a great day all around,” he said.
Wanda Branson, in town working at the Fredericksburg Fair from Hanover County, said she doesn’t normally go to the fast food restaurant but did for a reason Wednesday.
“As Christians, we like to support businesses and stuff that supports Christian beliefs,” she said. “There are other stores that contribute to an improper lifestyle and we don’t support them,” she said.
The Chick-fil-A in Spotsylvania Towne Centre also had a line, but the manager said they were no busier than usual.
- Robyn Sidersky