Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A's president Dan Cathy is to speak at the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce Eggs and Enterprise Breakfast on August 28. Cathy has been serving as president and COO of the company, which consists of over 1,600 stores and 61,000 employees, since 2001. The breakfast will be at Country Club of the South in Johns Creek and seats can be reserved by calling (770) 993-8806, ext. 306.
Cathy and Chick-fil-A have been covered heavily in the media this month following a remark the COO made about not supporting marriage equality, and the backlash the company has been facing since has been severe. Unfortunately, the vice president of public relations at Chick-fil-A, Don Perry, passed away early Friday morning as the result of a heart attack.
Many Americans— and the mayors that guide them— have been calling for a boycott of the restaurant, causing the owners of one store in downtown Decatur to respond to the ban in a statement posted to Decatur Metro. An excerpt is below.
We know that some of our guests are upset by comments made by Dan Cathy, president of Chick-fil-A Inc. He has made it clear to me those were his personal views, and that his intent was not to speak on behalf of every Chick-fil-A owner. We hope those who are upset will look at their relationship with our restaurant and allow us to continue to serve them. If you have questions or concerns, please come into the restaurant and speak with me personally.
UPDATE: The statement that the Decatur Chick-fil-A put out appears to be a form letter sent out by the company. Almost identical letters were put out by restaurants in Chicago and Hollywood, California. See them here.
· Chick-fil-A President to Speak in Johns Creek [Patch]
· A Statement from the Decatur Chick-fil-A Owner/Operators [DMetro]
· SF Mayor Tells Chick-fil-A They're Not Welcome [-EN-]
· Chick-fil-A VP of Public Relations Dies of Heart Attack [-EN-]
· Chick-fil-A Provided Franchises With a Cut-and-Paste Form Letter in Response to Backlash [-EN-]
· All Previous Coverage of Chick-fil-A [-EATL-]
[Photo courtesy of Chick-fil-A]