Five months ago the Chick-fil-A restaurant in Northwest Austin, Texas shut down for a remodel.
The owner nearly doubled the size of his store to 5700 sq.ft.; it’s now the largest Chick-fil-A restaurant in Austin.
It turns out he spent a lot more on the remodel than you might expect.
Chick-fil-A is a restaurant chain founded on Christian principles. One of the things they’ve done since day one is close their doors on Sunday so employees can spend the day with their families.
They also attracted a lot of attention several years ago when the founder of Chick-fil-A made a statement supporting traditional marriage. Another Christian value. Needless to say the Left went apoplectic and organized boycotts of Chick-fil-A all across the country. It turned out that the boycott day arrived and it was the biggest day the chain had in history. Nearly every store set record sales and there were lines that stretched as far as the eye could see to buy one of their chicken sandwiches.
Jeff Glover, the owner of the Austin store, put another Christian value to work this year, caring for others. The “others” Glover specifically cared for were his employees.
Glover has owned and operated the restaurant since 2000 and was concerned about his employees during the time the restaurant would be closed for remodel.
“I thought to myself, ‘I don’t want my group to have to forgo their salaries,'” he said. As an extra incentive, Glover not only paid his employees the entire 5 months the store was closed, he also gave all of his employees a $1 per hour raise.
Norma Baynes, one of the managers at the restaurant, said this type of generosity usually doesn’t happen in today’s business climate.
“I’ve been here for over a decade and I can’t put into words how much this means,” she said.
I don’t know what the out of pocket cost to Mr. Glover was during those five months, but I am sure that he didn’t look at it as “an expense.” Rather, it was an “investment” in his employees, and an even more important investment than the money spent on bricks and mortar for his restaurant. Not only is this the biggest Chick-fil-A store, it also has the biggest heart!
There’s been no reaction from the Left. Unsurprisingly.