Employees and visitors at Denver International Airport (DIA) want a Chick-fil-A restaurant in the airport, but thanks to the power of “progressive” thinking, they may not get it. According to the Denver Post, the Denver city council has put the “normally routine process” of approving an airport concession on hold for two weeks because of the Georgia-based chain’s owner’s opposition to same-sex “marriage.”
The council’s Business Development Committee met August 18 to consider an application by a business partnership to operate a Chick-fil-A franchise in DIA. No one was expecting any controversy, including assistant city attorney David Broadwell, who told the committee “he was caught off guard by” it, reported the Post.
A 2013 survey of airport users “identified Chick-fil-A as being the second-most sought-after quick service brand at the airport,” Neil Maxfield, senior vice president of concession, said. (First place went to Chipotle, which didn’t even apply at DIA.) It was simply assumed that the council would approve the application, especially considering the fact that the restaurant is expected to generate over $616,000 in annual concession fees.