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Controversial US chain Chick-Fil-A to close only Scottish outlet

The controversial US fast food chain opened its first Scottish outlet within the Macdonald Aviemore Resort late last year, but is now set to close it down.

Published: January 22, 2020
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The opening of a Scottish chain of Chick-Fil-A caused controversy due to the business donating millions of dollars to anti-LGBT groups in America.

An online petition to have it shut down was started soon after it opened.

The opening in Aviemore followed on from the US food chain’s unsuccessful attempt to open its first UK outlet in Reading, which closed after its licence was revoked by The Oracle shopping centre following protests.

The US fast food chain described the reports surrounding their funding of anti-LGBT causes as ‘inaccurate and misleading’, stating that money given to three organisations in particular had been misrepresented by recent articles by the British press.

Posting on their website, MacDonald Hotels announced the closure saying: “Our pop-up restaurant Chick-fil-A is closing on Saturday, January 18.”

Speaking to STV, a spokesperson for Chick-fil-A, Inc said: “The Chick-fil-A at Macdonald Aviemore Resort officially closed its doors on January 18, in line with our plan for a temporary pilot licensed location.

“It has been our pleasure to serve guests at this pilot restaurant for the past several months, and we are grateful to Macdonald Hotels for allowing us the opportunity to learn from each and every customer.

“These insights will help us immensely as we look to having a permanent location in the UK in the future.“

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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