The fact that Chick-fil-A is closed every Sunday is not just a statement, but a pledge made by the children of the founder Truett Cathy. The CEO promised to carry on the Christian values of America’s favorite restaurant long before he took over in 2013.

In January 2000, the Cathy family met for dinner at Chick-fil-A’s Atlanta, Georgia, headquarters. This dinner, however, had a special purpose, according to Business Insider

Dan Cathy, his older sister, Trudy White, and his younger brother, Bubba Cathy, presented Truett Cathy and his wife with a covenant regarding the future of the fried chicken chain, according to Truett Cathy’s book “Eat Mor Chikin: Inspire More People.” They would continue Chick-fil-A’s philanthropic work, never open on Sundays and never take the company public.

The covenant read, “We will be faithful to Christ’s lordship in our lives. As committed Christians we will live a life of selfless devotion to His calling in our lives.”

It continued, “We will prayerfully seek His leadership in all major decisions that impact our family and others. Our family roles as spouses to our lifelong mates, parents to our children, and loving aunts and uncles will be our priority.”

S. Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A (second right) poses with son Dan T. Cathy (far left), daughter Trudy White, and son Donald “Bubba” Cathy. (AP)

Since 2000, Chick-fil-A has undergone explosive growth. It reached $1 billion in annual sales for the first time.

Dan Cathy took over as CEO in 2013, and he has kept his promise. The fast-food chain has only grown since Cathy took over, not only in terms of revenue, but also in terms of customer satisfaction. For the fourth year in a row, Chick-fil-A is the top fast-food chain on the American Customer Satisfaction index, according to FoxNews.

Although Chick-fil-A loses approximately 1 billion a year by closing on Sundays, in 2019, its revenue hit $10.5 billion.

Cathy wrote in his book, “Closing our business on Sunday, the Lord’s Day, is our way of honoring God and showing our loyalty to Him.”  

“I believe God honors our decision and sets before us unexpected opportunities to do greater work for Him because of our loyalty,” he said.

Some 73 years later since its opening in 1946 and the Cathy children are continuing that legacy. 

Chick-fil-A is currently the third largest chain in the United States based on systemwide sales, and is still privately-owned and remains closed on Sundays.