It is a well-established fact that Chick-fil-A refuses to open on Sunday.
It’s a tradition that has been in place since the company’s foundational years. The company attributes the rule to Truett Cathy on its website:
“Having worked seven days a week in restaurants open 24 hours, Truett saw the importance of closing on Sundays so that he and his employees could set aside one day to rest and worship if they choose — a practice we uphold today.”
However, in very specific situations, Chick-fil-A employees will spring into action on Sunday. I think we can all agree, the best part about Chick-fil-A, (beyond its No. 1 combo meal): The company lives out its beliefs and core values.
When the world’s busiest airport closed for hours without power on Sunday, stranding thousands of passengers, Chick-fil-A employees made thousands of sandwiches for people stuck in Atlanta.
A major power outage halted and canceled flights for tens of thousands of passengers. Atlanta’s Mayor Kasim Reed called the sandwich chain, and Dan Cathy and his team didn’t even hesitate. Chick-fil-A released a statement:
“We immediately mobilized staff and team members who live and work near the airport, and they are making sandwiches and delivering them to the EOC (emergency operations center).”
Chick-fil-A ended up distributing over 2,000 sandwiches and bottled waters to help in aid–yes, even on a Sunday. This isn’t the first time that Chick-fil-A has opened on a Sunday.
In 2016, following the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, local Chick-fil-A locations broke tradition to open on a Sunday. Employees worked to prepare food for first responders and people donating blood following the shooting at the gay nightclub, which killed 49 people.
In 2015, Chick-fil-A locations in Texas prepared free food for responders and others impacted by tornadoes that ripped through the state, killing 11 people.
All in all, we are glad that Chick-fil-A is ready to save the day when called upon, I just wished they realized how many times my life has needed saving on a Sunday…