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Published On: Mon, Sep 8th, 2014

Chick-fil-A founder, S Truett Cathy, dies at 93

 S. Truett Cathy, the founder of the Chick-fil-A restaurant chain died early Monday, a company spokesman said. He was 93.

Chick-fil-A spokesman Mark Baldwin told The Associated Press that Cathy died at home surrounded by members of his family. Funeral plans had not yet been finalized, he said.

Cathy opened his first diner in an Atlanta suburb in 1946 and by 1967 he had founded and opened his first Chick-fil-A Inc. restaurant in Atlanta. The chain’s boneless chicken sandwich he is credited with inventing would propel Chick-fil-A expansion to more than 1,800 outlets in 39 states and the nation’s capital. By early 2013, the company says on its website, annual sales topped $5 billion as the chain offered up a taste of the South that went beyond chicken to such offerings as sweet tea, biscuits and gravy.

 Under the religiously conservative founder, the chain gained prominence for its observance of Sunday – none of its hundreds of restaurants are open on that day, to allow employees a day of rest. Its executives often said the chain made as much money in six days as its competitors do in seven.

“I’ve experienced poverty and plenty and there’s a lesson to be learned when you’re brought up in poverty,” Cathy said in 2007. “I had to create some good work habits and attitude.”

Cathy’s son, Dan Cathy, spoke out against gay marriage which garnered negative reactions from some, but also rallied more support by likeminded Christians.

 

Chick-Fil-A cow toy photo/Phroziac via wikimedia commons

Chick-Fil-A cow toy photo/Phroziac via wikimedia commons

 

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