If you had your heart set on a spicy deluxe chicken sandwich this Christmas, you better make other plans. Chick-fil-A will be closed over the holiday weekend.
Our favorite chicken joint will be closing its doors on the 25th and 26th of December. This probably won’t come as a surprise for loyal Chick-Fil-A customers though.
Christmas falls on a Saturday this year. And as most people know, the restaurant is never open on Sundays. Truett Cathy, Chick-fil-A’s founder, is a devout Christian. So he chooses to let his employees have the day off to recognize the Sabbath each week. And because Christmas is also a Christian holiday, all 2,700 locations will shut down in observance.
“Chick-fil-A restaurants will be closed on Christmas Day so our restaurant teams can spend time with family and friends,” the restaurant wrote on its blog. “We will also be closed on Sunday, December 26 – as we are every Sunday — but look forward to serving you when we reopen on Monday, December 27.”
If you plan ahead, you can stock your fridge with crispy chicken and waffle fries on Christmas Eve. The restaurant even offers a reheatable catering tray on its menu. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait until after the holiday to get your fix.
Chick-fil-A Hit with Lawsuit Over Price Gouging
In an attempt to be more accessible, Chick-Fil-A has branched out with an in-house delivery service. But after noticing absurd price hikes, some customers are livid. And two such customers have taken their frustrations to court.
On September 30th, plaintiffs Aneisha Pittman and Susan Ukpere filed a class-action lawsuit in Manhattan. The suit claims that the chicken restaurant’s delivery service has been hitting customers with price gouges upwards of 30 percent.
Before taking the case to court, Pittman and Ukpere started to notice price hikes that went beyond normal delivery convenience fees. For example, they found that a 30-count of chicken nuggets costs a staggering $6 more when ordered for delivery versus pickup. And the company is not transparent about the extra charges.
The plaintiffs allege that Chick-fil-A is in violation of New York’s General Business Law regarding deceptive acts or practices and the NJ Consumer Fraud Act.
“Hundreds of thousands of Chick-fil-A customers … have been assessed hidden delivery charges they did not bargain for,” they wrote in the lawsuit. “This hidden delivery upcharge makes Chick-fil-A’s promise of low-cost delivery patently false. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Chick-fil-A has moved aggressively into the food delivery business, exploiting an opportunity presented by Americans’ reduced willingness to leave their homes. By unfairly obscuring its true delivery costs, Chick-fil-A deceives consumers and gains an unfair upper hand on competitors that fairly disclose their true delivery charges.”