In the future, Chick-fil-A locations that operate at rest stops along New York State's 500-mile Thruway could be forced to stay open seven days a week, effectively forcing chain to keep some locations open on Sundays, according to a new bill from New York lawmakers.
The bill, introduced earlier this month, would require restaurants operating at rest areas on the state highway system to remain open every day of the week. The measure is at odds with that of Chick-fil-A. policy to close on Sundays and let workers “worship if they wish.”
“While there is nothing objectionable about a fast food restaurant closing on a particular day of the week, service areas dedicated to travelers (are) an inappropriate location for such a restaurant,” states the billwhich noted that Chick-fil-A already operates in seven of the Thruway's 27 service areas.
Chick-fil-A did not respond to a request for comment on the move.
The bill would not extend to other Chick-fil-A locations in the state, not even the seven locations already open in Thruway service areas. It also excludes temporary concessions such as farmers' markets.
Some Republican lawmakers are rejecting the New York bill, including South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham. vocation the “madness” proposal on social networks.
“This is a blatant violation of the company's constitutional rights and we are not going to let that happen without a fight,” the senator said. saying in a video posted on X, formerly Twitter, showing himself outside a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Manhattan. “Lend your voice and tell New York to keep its hands off our Chick-fil-A!”
The bill's sponsor, Assemblyman Tony Simone, questioned why Graham was “inserting himself into a state bill in a state he doesn't represent.” If Graham had read his bill, “he would know that the legislation would not affect current Chick-fil-A locations, and it certainly has nothing to do with the downtown locations where he has enjoyed his lunch the past few days “Simone told CBS. MoneyWatch in comments sent by email.
However, ruffled feathers may be just that, as Chick-fil-A's Thruway locations are now closed. Chick-fil-A has signed a 33-year contract with the highway system, and the brand's Sunday closure was “taken into account.” their plan for tenants,” a Thruway spokesperson told CBS MoneyWatch in an emailed statement.
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