A proposed law in New York has ignited a debate over Chick-fil-A’s longstanding policy of closing on Sundays.
A proposed law in New York, known as the Rest Stop Restaurant Act, has ignited a debate over Chick-fil-A’s longstanding policy of closing on Sundays. The bill, proposed on Dec. 13, would mandate that all contracted food and beverage establishments along the New York State Thruway and Port Authority remain open seven days a week, potentially impacting Chick-fil-A locations managed by Irish convenience store chain Applegreen.
“While there is nothing objectionable about a fast-food restaurant closing on a particular day of the week, service areas dedicated to travelers is an inappropriate location for such a restaurant,” the bill states.
Chick-fil-A, known for its unique franchise model where operators manage locations without owning them, has adhered to the tradition of closing on Sundays since its founder, Truett Cathy, decided in 1946. The practice is rooted in the founder’s desire to provide employees a dedicated day for rest, family time, or worship.
The proposed law raises questions about the clash between a corporation’s longstanding cultural practice and potential legislative requirements. Chick-fil-A’s distinct franchise structure, where operators act as managers, not owners, adds complexity to the situation.
Source: Black Enterprise