Even New Yorkers can't resist Chick-fil-A
Even New Yorkers can't resist Chick-fil-A (Jay Reed/Flickr/Creative Commons)

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Quality food trumps the liberal agenda, if the New York-area Chick-fil-As serve as an example.  

Despite their pro-LGBT mayor's stance against the fast-food company, New York City residents and beyond have flocked to their local Chick-fil-As, lining up for juicy sandwiches, crispy nuggets and refreshing lemonade.  

Earlier this month, Mayor Bill de Blasio encouraged his residents to avoid the joint.  

"This group imparts a strong anti-LGBT message by forcing their employees and volunteers to adhere to a policy that prohibits same-sex love. ... It is outrageous that Chick-fil-A is quietly spreading its message of hate by funding these types of organizations," the mayor said.   

But his constituents apparently feel that some chicken strips and waffle fries taste better than a protest.  

According to the New York Post, the Atlanta-based chicken chain has been gobbling up market share and ruffling feathers on New York's fast-food scene since opening its first Big Apple store last fall. 

"Chick-fil-A presents one of the biggest — and least appreciated by Wall Street — competitive threats to McDonald's US business," Nomura analyst Mark Kalinowski told the Post

Chick-fil-A rings up average sales per store of $3.15 million a year, the Post reports, 25 percent higher than the average $2.5 million at McDonald's, according to John Gordon, principal of Pacific Management Consulting Group. Chick-fil-A's sales are more than double Wendy's and Burger King. 

Jessilyn Justice is the director of online news for Charisma. Born and raised in a pastor's family in Alabama, she attended Lee University and the Washington Journalism Center. She's passionate about sharing God's goodness through storytelling. Tell her what you think of this story on Twitter @jessilynjustice.

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