Forest Hill Chick-fil-A boasts biggest Md. opening weekend

Harford County has been good to Chick-fil-A.

The opening of the chain's latest restaurant on Rock Spring Road in Forest Hill was the biggest opening weekend in Maryland, store operator Randy Eastep said Tuesday.

The fast-food restaurant, which opened Thursday morning, had more sales Thursday through Saturday than any of the other 45 Chick-fil-A restaurants throughout the state.

"I am excited about it. I think it's just the demand in the local area and the caliber of team members we have been able to pull from the area," Eastep said.

He would not disclose the exact sales numbers, but said the opening weekend "was substantially bigger" than others in Maryland.

"It was very successful," he said. "A lot of surrounding areas really don't have Chick-fil-A and they are a recognizable brand."

Chick-fil-A wants to open a third restaurant in Harford County, at Route 22 and Beards Hill Road in Aberdeen. That has yet to be approved by the city council, but did get a largely favorable review by the city's planning commission.

The record sales come in the midst of ongoing controversy after the company's president publicly opposed same-sex marriage.

The mayors of several major cities, notably Boston, said they did not want the company to open restaurants in their towns, which prompted Chick-fil-A supporters to fight back.

Mike Huckabee, a Fox News correspondent and a former presidential candidate, is urging a Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day today (Wednesday). The Facebook event page had more than 500,000 "attendees" as of Tuesday.

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation then responded with a National Same-Sex Kiss Day at Chick-fil-A to be held Friday.

Chick-fil-A is a privately held company, that has made no secret of the strong Christian faith of its owner, adhering to all Chick-fil-A stores being closed Sundays.

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