Will This Controversial American Fast Food Joint Open in Mississauga?

If you love chicken, waffle fries, biscuits, and all things fast food, a big expansion is coming to the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) that you might want to be aware of!

The extremely popular (and also extremely controversial) American fast food brand Chick-fil-A recently announced that it’s set to open restaurants in Toronto and the GTA as soon as 2019.

In fact, the Atlanta-based company plans to open at least 15 restaurants in the GTA in the next five years.

That means some 750 new jobs are coming to the GTA, too.

But while the news is exciting to some, others aren’t quite so enthusiastic.

As most of you probably remember, Chick-fil-A was embroiled in a great deal controversy after news broke that operators supported a number of anti-LGBT organizations. According to EqualityMatters.org, Chick-Fil-A Donated nearly $2 Million to anti-gay groups In 2010.

EqualityMatters.org says Chick-fil-A donated to a number of organizations known to be unfriendly to the LGBT community, including the National Christian Foundation, Exodus International and the Family Research Council.

Following the outcry, company COO Dan Cathy released a statement claiming that the company has “no agenda against anyone.”

Now, almost a decade later, the company is entering the Canadian market.

According to the fast food giant - Chick-fil-A already runs more than 2,300 restaurants in the U.S. - these will be the company’s first franchisee-owned restaurants outside of the United States.

"Toronto is a great city - with diverse and caring people, a vibrant restaurant culture and a deep talent pool," said Tim Tassopoulos, president and chief operating officer, Chick-fil-A, in a recent statement.

"These characteristics align perfectly with Chick-fil-A's focus on community giving, delivering a premium restaurant experience and working with passionate people who can grow with our company."

Chick-fil-A is currently recruiting operators for its GTA locations. The entry for ownership is $15,000, which is a big difference compared to $100,000 - $300,000 for many Canadian franchises, according to the company.

“The company has made a commitment to build long-standing partnerships with local suppliers and to find the perfect neighborhoods in which to grow,” reads the statement.

With foreign brands like the Halal Guys and Jollibee opening up shop in the GTA, it’s no secret that our community is a hotspot for international restaurants.

This fast food joint is popular for its chicken sandwiches. According to Chick-fil-A, its chicken will be Canadian-sourced, 100 pere cent whole breast meat, without any fillers, hormones, or additives.

If you’re wondering what else is on the menu, you can expect biscuits, lemonade, salads, fruit, waffle fries, and even breakfast sandwiches.

Will Chick-fil-A open in Mississauga?

We’ll keep you posted!

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