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The United Kingdom’s first Chick-fil-A will soon be no more.

According to BBC, the fast-food chain opened its first UK outlet at The Oracle, a shopping mall in Reading on Oct. 10.

 
However, a spokeswoman for the mall says it will not be extending the franchise’s initial six-month lease because it’s the “right thing to do.”

The moves comes after gay rights campaigners called for a boycott of the fast-food chain, which has drawn the ire of advocacy groups in both the UK and North America for “being hostile to LGBT rights.”

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In 2012, CEO Dan Cathy sparked backlash after he said: “We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that … We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families.”

And over the years, the company has reportedly donated millions of dollars to groups opposing same-sex marriage.

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“The chain’s ethos and moral stance goes completely against our values, and that of the UK as we are a progressive country that has legalised same sex marriage for some years, and continues to strive towards equality,” Reading Pride, a lesbian, gay, bi, transgender advocacy group, which started the protest, said in a statement.

The mall said: “We always look to introduce new concepts for our customers, however, we have decided on this occasion that the right thing to do is to only allow Chick-Fil-A to trade with us for the initial six-month pilot period, and not to extend the lease any further.”

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The restaurant will stay open for six months to allow for employee settlement.

Reading Pride called the decision “good news,” and said the timeframe was a “reasonable request… to allow for re-settlement and notice for employees that have moved from other jobs”.

Source: WFLA

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