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Chick-fil-A opens Windsor location with long lines and small protests

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Chick-fil-A, a popular but sometimes controversial American fast food chain, opened its first location in Windsor on Thursday morning.

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When the restaurant opened its Devonshire Mall location at 10 a.m., there were more than two dozen cars waiting in line and Windsor police were on site directing traffic.

Owner and operator Jordan Schmidt, who was born in London but moved to Windsor-Essex with his wife and children, said he looks forward to serving the community.

“I am grateful to be back in Ontario, where the Windsor-Essex community is experiencing tremendous growth and job diversification,” Schmidt said in a press release. “There are continuing opportunities to nurture the local hospitality industry, and I look forward to providing professional development and leadership paths for our team members to show caring for the community both inside and outside the restaurant.”

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But the opening was not without controversy: A small group of protesters outside the restaurant said they were raising awareness about the company’s alleged history of donations to anti-LGBTQ causes.

Eddy Lupas receives his Chic-fil-A order after the Devonshire Mall location opened to long lines, Thursday, October 28, 2021. Photo by Dax Melmer /Windsor Star

“We hope to raise awareness and encourage people to make responsible decisions as consumers,” said Sydney Brouillard-Coyle, one of the organizers of the protest. “They can choose to buy from a company that does not respect the dignity of people in our society, or they can choose to support local businesses that celebrate equality, dignity and respect for all.”

This is Chick-fil-A’s fifth location in Canada and only the second independent restaurant. It is currently running for self service and take out only.

To mark its opening, the company made a $ 25,000 donation to the UHC-Hub of Opportunities.

More to come.

Sydney Brouillard-Coyly protests the opening of Chic-fil-A in Devonshire Mall, Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021.
Sydney Brouillard-Coyly protests the opening of Chic-fil-A in Devonshire Mall, Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021. Photo by Dax Melmer /Windsor Star

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