A mere eight days after the location opened, the first Chick-fil-A in the U.K. is set to close after facing backlash from LGBT protesters.
The Oracle shopping center in Reading, where the restaurant is located, announced Friday that Chick-fil-A’s lease would not be extended after its initial six-month period:
“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.”
The location had opened on October 10.
Despite the lease termination, Reading Pride, the leader of the anti-Chick-fil-A protests, vowed to continue protesting the restaurant until it is no longer operational:
Reading Pride’s Facebook page had broadcast a number of videos showing scores of LGBT protesters gathered in front of the shopping center entrance, condemning Chick-fil-A over loudspeakers and chanting things such as “Hey, ho, Chick-fil-A has got to go!” and “Chick-fil-A, sashay away!”
Prior to the closure announcement, Chick-fil-A had said:
“We hope our guests in the U.K. will see that Chick-fil-A is a restaurant company focused on serving great food and hospitality, and does not have a social or political agenda. We are represented by more than 145,000 people from different backgrounds and beliefs, and we welcome everyone.”