The highest grossing franchise in the U.S. ($4.4 million/store; $1.7 million more than #2 on list), Chick Fil-A, will in fact sponsor a stand in Atlanta’s new football stadium, despite being famously closed on Sundays. Company Founder, Truett Cathy, was a devout Christian who closed his restaurants on the 7th day to observe the Sabbath. Perhaps odd to some, no exceptions will be made for the location at Mercedes Benz (OTC: DDAIF) Stadium despite the Falcons hosting only one non-Sunday game in 2017. The sponsorship isn’t a total loss though for Chick Fil-A as the stadium is also home to MLS’ Atlanta United, concerts and college football games.
Howie Long-Short: Did you know that it only costs $10,000 to open a new Chick Fil-A franchise? Have that laying around? Don’t get too excited, only .4% of applicants are selected to become “operators”.
Fan Marino: Never understood the hype behind Chick Fil-A. Give me Wendy’s (WEN) spicy chicken sandwich all-day-long and twice on Sunday.