Lunchtime crowds headed to Chick-fil-A Wednesday required that Columbia County sheriff's deputies direct traffic into the Mullins Crossing shopping center in Evans.
Similiar traffic problems were reported near the North Augusta and Washington Road/Interstate 20 Chick-fil-A locations.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Baptist minister, declared Wednesday national “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.”
Supporters of Chick-fil-A are planning to eat at restaurants in the chicken chain as the company continues to be criticized for an executive’s comments about gay marriage.
Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy told the Baptist Press last month that the Atlanta-based company was “guilty as charged” for backing “the biblical definition of a family.” That unleashed a torrent of criticism from gay rights groups and others, who have called for boycotts and efforts to block the chain from opening new stores.
In Atlanta, where the company is headquartered, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the event had an impact on morning traffic, cars in line out to the street in Powder Springs.
The company has not endorsed the appreciation day, however.
“Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day was created by our fans, not Chick-fil-A,” Steve Robinson, Chick-fil-A’s executive vice president of marketing, said in a statement. “We appreciate all of our customers and are glad to serve them at any time. Our goal is simple: to provide great food, genuine hospitality, and to have a positive influence on all who come in to Chick-fil-A.”
Opponents of the company’s stance are planning “Kiss Mor Chiks” for Friday, when they are encouraging people of the same sex to show up at Chick-fil-A restaurants around the country and kiss each other.