Supporters flock to Chick-fil-A for "Appreciation Day"

RAW VIDEO: Customers show support for Chick-fil-A 'Appreciation Day'
Published: Aug. 1, 2012 at 5:42 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 1, 2012 at 11:59 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - It has been a wild day across the country for Chick-fil-A operators, including those in the Lowcountry.

"I've never seen anything like this before. I'm worried we're going to run out of chicken," said Al Thompson, owner of Chick-Fil-A in West Ashley.

August 1st, 2012 is the unofficial "Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day." It isn't an event started by the company, but rather by social media and word of mouth of supporters.

Around the Lowcountry, lines are out the door.  People tell Live 5 News they are there to support an establishment that supports the same things they believe in.

"I believe in Christian biblical standards.  I'm proud that a person that's head of a major company stood up for what he believes in," said Tina Glover, a customer who has visited Chick-Fil-A twice already on Wednesday.

Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy told the Baptist Press last month that the Atlanta-based company was "guilty as charged" for backing "the biblical definition of a family." That unleashed a torrent of criticism from gay rights groups and others, who have called for boycotts and efforts to block the chain from opening new stores.

Opponents of the company's stance are planning "Kiss Mor Chiks" for Friday, when they are encouraging people of the same sex to show up at Chick-fil-A restaurants around the country and kiss each other.

For this franchise in West Ashley, sales are up 150%, the most Thompson has ever seen since he opened in 1995.

Copyright 2012 WCSC.  All rights reserved.  The Associated Press contributed to this report.