Eat more chicken…before it’s gone!


Alyssa Baugus, Yearbook Copy Editor

On January 21, 2021, Chick-Fil-A had its grand opening here in our very own Elgin, Illinois. The manager expressed in a different article how he had high hopes for the new restaurant, saying previously, “We have been planning on opening a Chick-Fil-A here in Elgin for the past three years and now that it’s actually happening, I can wait for our team to grow and be able to thrive in a new setting”. Since then, the lines for the drive-through have been extremely long and a bit out of hand. There have been many reports about noise complaints due to all the excessive honking of Chick-Fil-A customers. Many customers, including Elgin native Karen Johnson, have been commenting on Chick-Fil-A’s Facebook account about the terrible service and long lines. “It is ridiculous that we have to wait in line to purchase food and when it is finally our turn, we find out they do not even have any chicken left to sell. Terrible service,” commented Karen on Chick-Fil-A’s Facebook.

Yes, the rumors from Karen Johnson are true; Chick-Fil-A is slowly running out of chicken to sell at the Elgin location. When asked about the rumor, the manager replied, “Yes we are facing some difficulties keeping up with the number of customers we are receiving, but we are working through it and trying to find an easy solution to the issue”.  After this quote was published in a different article, Chick-Fil-A customers became enraged with the idea of not having a chicken sandwich and all ran to order one. In a couple of hours, the Chick-Fil-A was completely out of chicken for the next week and received many angry reviews and reached one star on Yelp.

Based off the recent events, the manager decided to publicly announce on March 10th that they have decided to shut down the Chick-Fil-A here in Elgin due to the recent shortage of chicken. On a recent post the manager of Chick-Fil-A said, “We came here with our heads held high, but we were not ready for what was to come. Our team has been under a tremendous amount of stress working with what we have and so we have all unanimously agreed on closing the restaurant for now. It is something we thought a lot about, and we believe that it is for the best that we do so. We are planning on having April 1st of 2021 be our last day of business, so we do hope you all stop by before then”. This is very sad news to many loyal Chick-Fil-A customers but not Mr. Brieger who stated, “Chick Filet closing was inevitable.  They are a business whose time was over.  I mean, they can’t even make up their minds if it is a ketchup packet or dipping sauce.  THAT is a failure of a business model.  Good riddance to bad rubbish I say.”