Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy died Monday at age 93, and was hailed by a wide range of leaders for his generosity and for putting his Christian convictions before his business success.
Cathy, who started in 1946 with one small restaurant selling his signature chicken sandwich, growing his business over the next 70-plus years into nearly 2,000 restaurants and annual sales exceeding $5 billion, defied standard business practices by insisting on closing all Chick-fil-A stores on Sunday. He once said that “if it took seven days to make a living with a restaurant, then we needed to be in some other line of work.”
Reflecting on that against-the-grain decision, Cathy explained, “I was not so committed to financial success that I was willing to abandon my principles and priorities. Our decision to close on Sunday was our way of honoring God and of directing our attention to things that mattered more than our business.”