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Chick-fil-A is one tough bird.
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.
While rivals are struggling, Chick-fil-A opened up a second Midtown store last month and plans to open in the New York metro area — one of the most unforgiving markets in the country — 12 eateries over the next year.
And judging from the long lunchtime lines that can stretch out the door and around the corner, plenty of New Yorkers don’t give a cluck about the founder’s son saying four years ago that he was opposed to same-sex marriage.
Nor have efforts by Mayor de Blasio to foment a boycott of the privately held chain seem to tamp down the company’s expansion momentum.
On a national scale, Chick-fil-A, with 2,000 outlets, has now become the eighth-largest fast-food company in the US, up from 19th at the end of 2014, industry statistics show.
In terms of revenue, the chain is on track to become No. 4 by 2020, according to Nomura analyst Mark Kalinowski, who pegs its 2014 sales at $5.8 billion.
“Chick-fil-A presents one of the biggest — and least appreciated by Wall Street — competitive threats to McDonald’s US business,” Kalinowski said, noting that chicken, the upstart chain’s sweet spot, has become the go-to protein of choice among fast-food chains.
The Golden Arches already sells more chicken than burgers, he said.
At rival Burger King, president of North America Alex Macedo, in announcing the recent launch of Chicken Fries Rings, noted that “more and more of our guests are coming in for chicken.”
Across town at Shake Shake, a Chick’n Shack sandwich rolled out in January.
Still, Chick-fil-A is beating all of them at the register, ringing up average sales per store of $3.15 million a year.
None of this matters to liberals, however, since the owner has different political opinions than them. Therefore, he must be ruined. Their idea of tolerance.