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Customers come out for Chick-fil-a Appreciation
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Cars wrapped around the store drive through at the Conyers Chick-fil-a location and customers filled the nearby parking lots of LA Fitness and other businesses on Wednesday. - photo by Michelle Kim

IN BRIEF: An outpouring of customer support for Chick-fil-a on Wednesday jammed traffic and filled nearby parking lots at the Conyers and Covington locations as part of a "Chick-fil-a Appreciation Day." The day was started by former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee in protest of the protest against Chick-fil-a after the company president Dan Cathy's comments against same-sex marriage. In Conyers, customers such as Florine Ruffin visited the chain multiple times during the day and at multiple locations. Ruffin, president of the Henry County Foster Parents Association, said she came out to the Conyers location - her third Chick-fil-a visit for the day - to support Truett Cathy because "he supported me." She said the chain provided food for her association's annual conferences which has around 200-300 attendees. "I definitely support what he's saying," she said. "I decided to come out today because he supports me." Conyers resident Alisha Blevins, who attends Tabernacle of Praise in Mansfield, planned to come out to the Conyers store when she heard about the appreciation day last week and convinced her co-worker Deborah Hinely to join her. "I'm supporting it because it's a company based on Christian values," Blevins said. She added that she was also supporting freedom of speech.