When there’s a new fast-food chain to try, you best believe that Canadians are all over it. The popular U.S. chicken sandwich chain Chick-fil-A opened up its third restaurant in Ontario this past weekend and customers went above and beyond to make sure they were the first ones in line.
According to CTV News, some people camped out overnight outside of the new location in Kitchener ahead of Saturday’s grand opening. One customer named Joshua Toma said that the 13-hour wait was worth it. The outlet reported that around 100 people were in line as the restaurant opened its doors.
However, eager customers were not the only ones who showed up to Chick-fil-A’s grand opening at 200-225 Fairway Rd South. Protestors arrived to call attention to the company’s history of supporting anti-LGBTQ organizations. Similar demonstrations took place on the opening day of Toronto’s first Chick-fil-A in 2019.
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Chick Fil A opens its first location in Waterloo Region (across Fairview Mall in Kitchener) today with long line ups for chicken and LGBTQ2+ activists chanting “Chick Fil A is anti-gay.” pic.twitter.com/PSkxtvLdsb
— Anam Latif (@LatifRecord) August 7, 2021
Waterloo’s local 2SLGBTQ+ community space issued a statement about the restaurant’s opening, asking people to research Chick-fil-A’s involvement with these organizations before supporting it. Chick-fil-A claims that it only supports initiatives for homelessness and hunger, and is donating $25,000 to the region’s food bank.
Despite the protests, the chain continues to move forward on its expansion across Canada. Chick-fil-A is opening up two more restaurants in Ontario, one in Scarborough and one near Spadina Ave and Queen St West — the chain told Curiocity that opening dates have not been confirmed yet. Plus, 20 more locations are set to open all over the country by 2025.