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!”
As does Chick-fil-A.
I went by the local Chick-fil-A in Concord, NC on my lunch hour and the line was wrapped around the drive thru with cars lined up to get in at both entrances. People were waiting outside to get in. It was standing room only inside the restaurant. One customer who was sitting at a table eating with her young child told me there had actually been MORE customers waiting to get in earlier. Nice J I posted a few pictures at my Twitter account. Twitter, btw, is filled with pictures and stories right now of people’s experiences at their local Chick-fil-A today. Unfortunately I couldn’t eat at the one I was at because I figured the wait would be more than an hour and I had to get back to work, but my goal is to stop by another one on the way home to get a cookies and cream milkshake.
Have you been to a Chick-fil-A today? Please write about your experience in the comments section. Thanks, America, for supporting capitalism, religious freedom, and good food today!