The first Chick-fil-A in the United Kingdom has announced it will be closed after six months, just days after the popular American fast food chain made its debut in the country amid pressure from gay rights activists, who are protesting the millions of dollars' contribution chain to anti-LGBTQ groups.
Protesters flooded the Oracle Mall on Saturday with the caption "GET THE CLOCK Say NO to the fanbase and hatred of your High Street."
CHICK-FIL- LOCATION OF A PILOT IN ENGLAND while the LGBT GROUP announces the protest
The store opens its "pilot" location on October 10th in Reading, about an hour and a half drive from London. A spokesman for the mall said that concerns raised by the chain's activists prompted them to determine the "right thing to do" was not to extend the restaurant's lease beyond the "six-month pilot period", according to BBC reports.
The restaurant has long faced discounts from LGBTQ groups that attacked CEO Dan Katie after repeatedly commenting on homosexuality and gay marriage and donating $ 1
Chick-fil-A defended the donations, saying that they were intended to "assist the economic mobility of young people by focusing on homelessness and poverty, education and community revitalization and without political or social programs" , a company statement said in March.
Katie openly said that America "calls on God's judgment on our nation when we clench our fist at him and say we know better than you about what constitutes marriage ge," in a 2012 radio interview.
"I pray the mercy of God to our generation who has such a proud, arrogant attitude that we think we have the audacity to redefine what marriage is all about," he added at the time.  Click here for the FOX application NEWS
Later, Katie doubled down on her comments, saying she was "guilty as charged" in her
Chick-fil-A launched another international showcase in Canada in September, which also attracted many protesters on the same issues.