By Robert Haugh
The first Chick-fil-A in Santa Clara opened a week ago at the corner of Scott and El Camino Real.
There was a long line for the opening on Thursday, November 14. That’s because the first 100 eligible adults in line on grand opening morning got a free year-supply of Chick-fil-A.
According to Chick-fil-A, the store will add nearly 100 new jobs. The operator is Joe Cho who has spent most of his life within about 15 miles of the new restaurant. Cho worked for Google for the last seven years.
Vice Mayor Patty Mahan cut the ribbon. She was the only elected official in attendance.
Chick-fil-A has drawn protests around the country from LGBT groups because of their political and social positions and contributions. Last year, there were protests in San Jose against Chick-fil-A at the airport.
But a few days after the Santa Clara opening, Chick-fil-A announced they’ll stop contributing to three organizations criticized by the LGBT community.
But they won’t rule out contributing to anti-LGBT groups in the future.