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CHICK-FIL-A BILL: Lawmakers propose forcing Sunday operations for Thruway rest stop restaurants

A recently introduced bill in the New York State Assembly is seeking to mandate that all restaurants at Thruway rest stops, including Chick-fil-A, operate seven days a week.

This legislative proposal aims to address the current practice of Chick-fil-A, a fast-food chain known for its policy of closing on Sundays, a day typically characterized by significant traveler activity on the Thruway.

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Lawmakers supporting the bill argue that the chain’s Sunday closures represent a “disservice and unnecessary inconvenience” for Thruway travelers, suggesting that continuous weekly operation is essential for catering to the needs of those on the road.

Introduced on Wednesday, the bill is in its early stages and has yet to undergo the legislative process required for a vote or potential enactment into law. Currently, Chick-fil-A operates at seven out of the 27 Thruway service areas undergoing reconstruction.

The bill’s progression will be closely watched by both supporters and critics, as it challenges Chick-fil-A’s longstanding company policy and addresses broader concerns about the availability of services at key travel junctures.