Chick-Fil-A, the popular and politically conservative Atlanta-based fast food restaurant, has announced aggressive plans for expansion in 2014. The company plans to open 108 more locations this year alone, “most of them urban and a good chunk of them in New York City,” the company told USA Today.
In 2012, Chick-Fil-A CEO Dan Cathy made a series of public statements against same-sex marriage and donated several million dollars to organizations with anti-gay social and political beliefs.
In a comparatively progressive turn, Cathy announced that the company planned on turning its focus toward healthier ingredients and menu variety.
“I’m going to leave it to politicians and others to discuss social issues,” said Cathy.
Although Chick-Fil-A already has one location in Greenwich Village, it is only open to students of New York University. The announcement has already stirred up considerable attention and mixed emotions on social media outlets.
Those delicious homophobic Chick-Fil-A sandwiches about to cause so much internal NYC Angst b
— Desus (@desusnice) April 8, 2014
People not gonna act right in NYC when chik fil a opens up lol
— Zeke (@ZSoloDolo) April 8, 2014
OH MY GOD. CHICK-FIL-A IS COMING TO NEW YORK CITY. I'M CRYING TEARS OF JOY. THANK YOU SWEET BABY JESUS.
— Brittnee Anderson (@_iambrittnee) April 9, 2014
Meanwhile, KFC seems to be testing out its own response to the beloved fried chicken sandwich with Super Chix in Arlington, Texas. Although a spokesman for KFC parent company Yum! Brands said that Super Chix was not ready to do battle with similar restaurants in the United States, who knows what will happen if the spot does well? Only time will tell if Super Chix will reveal itself to be the chicken sandwich restaurant that Gotham needs.
Karen Lo is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @appleplexy.