The Christian restaurant chain Chick-fil-A has been named America’s favorite fast food restaurant by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI).
The ACSI’s 2015 report says that not only did Chick-fil-A debut on the list at number one, it had the highest score ever achieved in their customer experience category.
Chick-fil-A’s score of 86 out of a possible 100 was closely followed by another newcomer, Chipotle, which scored an 83 on the survey. They tied with Texas Roadhouse at 83, although Texas Roadhouse is considered a “full service” restaurant.
Chick-fil-A’s Christian roots have long been hailed by the company as the reason for his success. The company has a large statue of Jesus on the property of their corporate headquarters that greets visitors to the complex. The company has closed on Sundays from the beginning and they have printed Bible verses on cups.
The company’s mission statement says they are to “glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us.”
The survey showed Americans eat out an average of four times a week.
A Christian burger chain that prints a Bible verse on their drink cups has been named the favorite “limited service” restaurant in America.
In-N-Out Burger is listed with other restaurants that allow customers to pay at a counter such as buffets, cafeterias and steak houses. The honor was given in the annual Consumer Picks survey in Nation’s Restaurant News.
The company prints verses on the bottom of their drink cups including Revelation 3:20, John 3:16, Matthew 6:19 and 1 Corinthians 13:13.
Rich Snyder, president of the company in the 1980s, wanted to find a way to better establish the company’s Christian beliefs in their daily business.
The survey ranks 172 restaurants in a variety of categories including food quality and cleanliness. Over 42,000 people provided responses for the survey.
In-N-Out was not the only openly Christian restaurant to do well in the survey. Chick-fil-A finished 5th in the survey of 172 chains.
The owner of a Chick-Fil-A franchise in Birmingham, Alabama is gaining national attention after a customer secretly videotaped him showing Christ’s love to a homeless man.
The unidentified man walked into the store last week and asked owner Mark Meadows if he could work for some food.
“We made eye contact and I asked him what would he like, what we could do for him and then he asked if he could do some work to get something to eat,” Meadows told ABC News.
Meadows responded by having the man sit down and they gave him a meal on the house. As the man was waiting for his meal, Meadows noticed he was rubbing his hands together and asked if the man had gloves.
When he said no, Meadows went into his office and brought out his gloves and gave them to the man.
Meadows was not intending to tell anyone about the incident but a customer recorded the encounter and posted it on social media.
“[My son] Bryson and I are sitting in Chick Fil A on 280. A man walked in to get warm with all of his earthly possessions on his back,” patron Andrea Stoker wrote in a status that has now gone viral. “The manager, who is on his break, got up and asked the man if he could get him anything. Before the man could even answer, the manager asked if the man had any gloves and handed him his, then got him the meal of his choice.”
“There is still so much good in this world and I’m so grateful that Bryson saw it all unfold,” she continued.
As some expected in light of the death of strong Christian businessman and founder of Chick-Fil-A S. Truett Cathy, anti-Christian bigots jumped onto the internet to spew hate speech.
Most of the hate was directed toward Cathy and his strong Bible-based stances for life and running a business.
Some of the hate included statements like there was one less Bible-following Christian in the world and that it made “the world a better place.” Another said “oh good, the Chick-Fil-A [profanity deleted] is finally dead!” Several said that the “Chick-Fil-A founder is roasting in hell!”
S. Truett Cathy started in 1946 with one small restaurant selling his signature chicken sandwich. Over the next 68 years the company grew to nearly 2,000 restaurants and annual sales over $5 billion.
And it was all based on his belief in the Bible, its teachings for life and how to operate a business.
“It’s a silent witness to the Lord when people go into shopping malls and everyone is bustling, and you see Chick-Fil-A is closed,” he one told a reporter.
Tributes to Cathy included radio host Dave Ramsey, who said Cathy was “a godly man who loved his family well and showed us faith in the marketplace.”
The city council of a Canadian town canceled an event in a city-owned facility because they did not want to be associated with the Christian beliefs of Chick-Fil-A.
An event center in Nanaimo, British Columbia was scheduled to be rented out to a Georgia-based leadership organization that was putting on a simulcast for business leaders to develop their skills. The event was sponsored in part by Chick-Fil-A. When the town’s city council discovered the restaurant was a co-sponsor, they voted 8-1 to cancel the event.
City Council member Jim Kipp said that Christian beliefs were the same as the Boko Haram terrorists killing thousands in Nigeria. He said that Biblical Christianity was “organized crime.”
“I find [Chick-Fil-A President Dan Cathy’s beliefs] almost to be a criminal point of view in this day and age,” he claimed.
City staff told the council members that the event had nothing to do with the Christian beliefs of the restaurant’s president, but the council members were not interested in the information.
A column in the Tornado Sun newspaper called the council’s actions “shocking bigotry” against Christianity.
The number one chicken franchise in the United States is no longer KFC.
The yearly reports of the “chicken quick service restaurant segment” show that Chick-Fil-A has surpassed KFC for total sales in the United States. Chick-Fil-A’s sales in 2013 totaled $5 billion compared to $4.22 billion for KFC.
What makes the move so remarkable to Wall Street and business leaders around the country is Chick-Fil-A’s refusal to open on Sunday because of their Christian values. Analysts say that the company loses hundreds of millions in revenue by staying closed on Sunday when competitors are still open.
The company also had a significant disadvantage in terms of stores. KFC had 4,491 stores in the U.S. last year compared to 1,775 for Chick-Fil-A. That’s also with Chick-Fil-A being based in the south and residents of the northern part of the United States not even exposed to their product.
Chick-Fil-A announced plans for 100 new restaurants in 2014 and also plans to expand to the “northern, Midwest and western states.”
CEO Dan Cathy gives all credit for the company’s success to God alone.
Gay rights activists and some members of the national media delivered scathing attacks on Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, calling for homosexual activists to “infiltrate” and bully the family-owned company until they renounce their support of traditional marriage.
Source: FOX News – Media Launches Scathing Attacks, Threats Against Chick-fil-A
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