Chick-fil-A Protests Proliferate

Demonstration planned for Sept. 20 opening of chicken fast-food restaurant on North Main Street, Walnut Creek.

Demonstrators continue to plan a protest for the Sept. 20 opening of a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Walnut Creek as activism flares at various spots around the country.

In Walnut Creek, a Facebook public event for the Walnut Creek opening lists 316 Facebook joiners as "going" (to the Thursday, Sept. 20 protest) and 184 as maybes. Protesters are decrying the company's funding of anti-gay marriage groups.

Other incidents of Chick-fil-A activism:

Chick-fil-A is making a move in Northern California, including the opening of a franchise with drive-through service on 2750 N. Main St., Walnut Creek. It's part of a big construction project with a new 24-Hour Fitness at that location.

A Patch poll on our last story on this topic showed a pretty even split among three choices:

  • Fourteen voted for "The company president's statement was divisive. Boycott the new restaurant in Walnut Creek."
  • Thirteen over for "Let the Chik-fil-A president have his say: freedom of speech."
  • Ten voted for "Gay rights protesters are having their say. So are the traditional family advocates in Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day. All is well."

And if you're most interested in a chuckle about the situation, don't miss the John Goodman video about chicken cultural wars. Goodman plays the late chicken entrepreneur, Colonel Sanders.

Paula Miller August 14, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Wonder how far the red carpet will be rolled out at the Grand Opening and ribbon cutting ceremonies by Mayor Bob Simmons and Chamber guru Jay Hoyer? Will be interesting to see the level of enthusiasm displayed if either or both even show up for this new business opening in Walnut Creek. At least this business is within the City Limits unlike the last photo op for Simmons at the Contra Costa Centre office business located in the county within the sphere of influence of PLEASANT HILL.
Brandt Hardin August 15, 2012 at 08:10 PM
If companies are people and people vote with dollars then the destination of the restaurant’s donations are open for public debate. It very well should be an issue as to where peoples’ hard-earned money goes after the chicken goes down their gullet. This issue has made our little feathered friend the modern martyr as Chick-fil-A laughs all the way to the bank. Watch the poultry be nailed to the cross and pierced by the spear of destiny at the hands of those devious cows on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/08/holy-rollin-poultry-on-cross-chick-fil.html
Mom of the Horde August 16, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Paula, that business has a Walnut Creek mailing address and according to the maps is within the sphere of influence of *gasp* Walnut Creek.
Paula Miller August 16, 2012 at 04:05 AM
@Mom, What maps are you referring to when you say that the business I mentioned in within the sphere of influence of Walnut Creek? If I remember correctly, when Contra Costa Centre was built, they and the Embassy Suites wished to have the Walnut Creek address in the hopes of making them a more desirable and upscale location rather than being in an unincorporated area with a Pleasant Hill address. Easily done with the postal service. Another example is the folks in S. Walnut Creek in the Castle Crest Drive area who several years ago asked the PO to change their address to Alamo hoping to boost the price of their unincorporated homes that were/are within the sphere of influence of Walnut Creek. They now have an Alamo mailing address. The only reason I even referred to the business at Contra Costa Centre was that I found it rather curious that the Mayor of Walnut Creek would show up at the grand opening of a business from which the city receives no tax dollars.
Daniel August 16, 2012 at 06:30 PM
According to it's own website the Opening date has been changed to Oct. 11.


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