Chick-fil-A recently opened a store on Route 22 in Watchung, NJ and is preparing to open two more New Jersey locations in the near future.
The new stores will open later this summer and will be located in Old Bridge at 770 Texas Rd. and in South Plainfield at 4801 Stelton Rd., according to NJ.com.
Chick-fil-A is known for adhering to Christian values, including closing its locations on Sundays. The policy was enacted by its founder, S. Truett Cathy, a devout Southern Baptist who passed away in 2014. The company’s website states that Truett, “saw the importance of closing on Sundays so that he and his employees could set aside one day to rest and worship if they choose.”
Trudy Cathy White, Truett’s daughter, told The Christian Post that her father “built this business based on biblical principles. He felt like his business decisions kind of go hand in hand with biblical principles. That’s no secret. There’s a lot of things that we are taught in God’s Word and we’ve been able to put it into practice in our business.”
“We’re in business to glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that’s been trusted to us and to have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.”
Chick-fil-A was at the center of controversy in 2018 when Rider University students voted in a fall survey for a restaurant to open on campus. Rider officials sent another survey to students that excluded Chick-fil-A from consideration, “based on the company’s record widely perceived to be in opposition to the LGBTQ+ community,” the university said.
The decision sparked backlash from Rider students.
“They sell chicken, so as far as I am concerned that should be the focus,” student Julia Pickett, president of Rider’s Young Americans for Liberty chapter told CampusReform.com.
-By Daniel Hubbard, Staff Writer