Sunday, September 30, 2012
Chick-Fil-A Opening at Newport Pavilion
The long waited addition to Newport Pavilion's anchor tenants, Chick-Fil-A, has a trailer at the location near Carothers Road, with a sign stating that the restaurant is "Opening Soon."
After posting this picture with the caption, "Who's Excited?!" garnered over 100 "likes" and 44 comments on our Facebook page (14 being negative about the chicken retailer moving in), I'm not going to get too political about anything on FTM.
I like their chicken and I'm happy they are moving to our area. Per one of our Facebook fans, the franchisee is a Fort Thomas resident as well.
I purposely waited a few days to post this (ironically on a Sunday - which is the day Chick-Fil-A is closed nationwide to give their employees a day to be with family) to gain a little more perspective from all of our writers after the firestorm of comments on our Facebook page.
We are blessed to have writers with different views, both liberal and conservative, and the consensus was as follows: Believe what you want to believe about the CEO and his views on the traditional family unit. The bottom line is that Chick-Fil-A is still a family-owned, private company.
If you do not agree with their views, it's very simple: do not give them your business. Chick-Fil-A has every right to express their opinion and their opponents have every right to choose not to patronize their establishment.
Those who oppose Chick-Fil-A coming to the Newport Pavilion seem to be the ones clamoring for diversity. In my view, however, it seems like the most important type of diversity is being lost – diversity of thought and opinion.
Per our Facebook discussion, anyone who disagrees with the position of those who oppose Chick-Fil-A coming to our area are hatemongers. The truth is that many who support Chick-Fil-A are standing up for the right of a private business owner to openly express their opinions and values without being greeted with hate and vitriol from those who disagree.
Again, I just really like their chicken.