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• The Associated Press is reporting this morning that S. Truett Cathy, founder of the Chick-fil-A restaurant chain, has passed away at age 93.

Cathy opened his first Chick-fil-A restaurant in Atlanta in 1967, and the chain has now grown to more than 1,800 units in 39 states, doing annual sales of more than $5 billion.

The company has become noteworthy for conservative religious views most reflected by the fact that all of its units are closed on Sundays; Cathy's son, Dan Cathy, created a controversy of sorts in 2012 when he said that the chain supported "the biblical definition of a family," which caused some people to boycott the chain and others to actively patronize it.

Cathy, according to the story, has an contract with his children that allows them to sell the company but never to take it public.
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