Fact Check

Are Chick-fil-A Restaurants Opening on Sundays?

"Chick-fil-A has no plans of opening on Sundays and will remain closed on that day of the week."

Published Sep 9, 2015

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Chick-fil-A restaurants have announced they will be reversing their longstanding policy and start opening on Sundays.

In September 2015, reports began circulating on social media reporting that Chick-fil-A fast food restaurants were reversing a decades-old policy under which all their locations are closed on Sundays in observance of the sabbath:

The rumor was controversial among fans of the chicken-centric food chain, as the company's policy of remaining closed on Sundays is a faith-based tenet of the brand:

Our founder, Truett Cathy, made the decision to close on Sundays in 1946 when he opened his first restaurant in Hapeville, Georgia. He has often shared that his decision was as much practical as spiritual. He believes that all franchised Chick-fil-A Operators and their Restaurant employees should have an opportunity to rest, spend time with family and friends, and worship if they choose to do so. That's why all Chick-fil-A Restaurants are closed on Sundays. It's part of our recipe for success.

While the origin of the Chick-fil-A rumor wasn't clear, its claims were easily (and repeatedly) debunked by the company themselves on Twitter and Facebook:

Chick-fil-A has indicated that no plans are afoot to reverse their closed-on-Sunday policy and that claims to the contrary are entirely false. A piece of "satire" from June 2020 spoofed on this notion using a headline of "Chick-fil-A Now Open on Sunday But Only for Black People"

Kim LaCapria is a former writer for Snopes.