Happy Valentine’s Day! This year, spending on Valentine’s Day related gifts is expected to reach $18.6 billion! In 2013 the average person will spend about $130.97 on candy, cards, gifts and other heart shaped paraphernalia, including at franchises.
Valentine’s Day celebrations begin with breakfast at doughnut franchises Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Donuts. Each Valentine’s Day, each franchise offers heart-shaped doughnuts. What’s not to love?
Heart shaped goodies continue at fast food franchises Chick-Fil-A and Bojangles. At Chick-Fil-A the famous breakfast chicken sandwich is served in a heart-shaped biscuit. At Bojangles, sweet “boberry” biscuits are rolled and stamped into heart shapes before being swirled with sweet frosting.
Papa Murphy’spizza franchise is prepared to make your Valentine’s Day lunch or dinner “heartfelt” with their Heartbaker, a heart-shaped pizza is only available on Valentine’s Day. I guess Italians really will go to great lengths to be romantic.
If you know of any other franchises that celebrate this day of love let us know by commenting below!
Following remarks by Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy regarding his support for “traditional” heterosexual marriage, officials from three major U.S. cities have spoken out against the George-based fried chicken fast food chain.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee tweeted, "Closest #ChickFilA to San Francisco is 40 miles away & I strongly recommend that they not try to come any closer."
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino also promised to derail any efforts by Chick-fil-A to move into their respective cities. “Chick-fil-A doesn’t belong in Boston,” Menino said. “You can’t have a business in the city of Boston that discriminates against a population.
Meanwhile, New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who supports gay marriage, decried his fellow mayors, saying it is not within their purview to "look at somebody’s political views and decide whether or not they can live in the city, or operate a business in the city, or work for somebody in the city."
Many have debated whether it is possible to keep a business from locating in a municipality. However, the City of San Francisco could block any attempt by Chick-fil-A to locate there by denying a required conditional use permit.
On the other side of the issue, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee organized a "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" for Aug. 1. On Facebook, Huckabee wrote, "The goal is simple: Let’s affirm a business that operates on Christian principles and whose executives are willing to take a stand for the godly values we espouse by simply showing up and eating at Chick Fil-A on Wednesday, August 1.”
Sen. Rick Santorum and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin also showed support for the chain by dining there with family.