American fast-food chain Chick-fil-A is opening restaurants in the UK

The legendarily juicy fried chicken sandwich brand is crossing the pond

Ed Cunningham
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Ed Cunningham
News Editor, Time Out UK and Time Out London
Chick-fil-A branch, USA
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If you’re a fried chicken fan, wherever you are in the world, you’ll have heard of Chick-fil-A. The fast-food chain, which is based in the US but also has restaurants in Canada, is known for the freshness of its chicken and the chirpiness of its service. The rest of the world can only look on, drooling.

Until now, that is. Chick-fil-A has announced that it’s set to bring its chicken sandwiches and waffle fries to UK shores. That’s right: we Britons could soon be getting our chops around those famously crispy, juicy chicken sandos.

The chain intends to open its first UK store in 2025, with four more to follow by 2027. Each branch will apparently employ between 80 and 120 people. Chick-fil-A apparently intends on investing a whopping $100 million (£80.6 million) in the UK over the next decade. 

Diehard followers of Chick-fil-A will no doubt know that this isn’t the first time that the brand has tried to launch in the UK. The brand tried to come over back in 2019, but a pop-up in Reading was shut down by LGBTQ+ campaigners who objected to the chain donating to organisations that had expressed opposition to certain gay rights.

All that stuff is now in the past, with Chick-fil-A reportedly having cut funding those charities.

So, a fresh start for Chick-fil-A in the UK! You can find out more on the official press release here.

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