At least 75 of Wendy's francises posted signs: “We stand with Chick-fil-A”. Good for them. Around the country Chick-Fil-A restaurants were packed, inside and out, with long lines. People were courteous. People felt very strongly that supporting the values of Chick-Fil-A was important. Me too. (image via SBY News)
via WBTV News:
BOONE, NC (WBTV/WIS) – The owner of the largest Wendy’s restaurants franchise in the world showed his support for competitor Chick-fil-a with a message on some signs in the Carolinas.
WBTV has learned of at least one Wendy’s sign in Columbia, South Carolina that read “We stand with Chick-fil-A” on Wednesday morning.
A couple of hours later, that sign was taken down.
Jim Furman, CEO of Tarheel Capital based out of Boone, NC, who owns the restaurant and 74 other Wendy’s said the company decided to post the message.
Furman tells told WBTV’s sister station in Columbia that he doesn’t know how many of the company’s restaurants posted the message, but he says it was more than just the one.
Furman said the message supporting Chick-fil-A was taken down because the company “felt it was time to go back to their marketing message.”
The national Wendy’s corporation went onto social media on Wednesday, saying Furman’s message was his own.
“An independent franchisee posted the sign, which he’s taken down,” Wendy’s officials tweeted to WBTV on Wednesday. “We proudly serve ALL customers!” (hat tip Sister Toldjah)