Closed on Sundays

So I was driving from Dallas to Lubbock the other day and it just so happened to be on a Sunday. I’m a huge fan of Chick-Fil-A (a recent conversion) so I really wanted to find one and have some lunch. I found the nearest one in Abilene, TX and drove about 30 minutes out of the way (partly because I got lost) just to get a chicken sandwich. I was pretty surprised to find the parking lot completely empty until I saw a big sign that said “Closed on Sunday.” I’m ashamed to say that my first reaction to this was not positive, but after some reflection I decided that Chick-Fil-A is even COOLER than I initially thought. That’s pretty a gutsy move for a national restaurant to close its doors on Sunday. It flies in the face of logic, but I believe that Chick-Fil-A is better off because of that decision.

The Bible says in Exodus 20:8-11:

8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:

10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates.

11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

Individuals who choose to follow this commandment have a great advantage. They have more opportunities for family togetherness and weekend worship that their counterparts don’t have. These are essential ingredients for a successful career and a happy life.

Business owners that choose to close their doors on the Sabbath also yield great rewards. They have an opportunity to publicly display that following commandments are more important than extra profit. This attracts customers and employees who share your values and are very passionate about them. You will gain loyal customers and employees and create a lifelong referral base. Look at Chick-Fil-A and Hobby Lobby. These companies have rabid followers and are growing year after year after year. They’re doing great in spite of being closed on Sundays (or is it BECAUSE they are closed on Sundays?)

Comments: What do you think? Agree/Disagree? Can you think of any other examples of businesses that benefit from being closed on Sundays?

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7 thoughts on “Closed on Sundays

  1. Studies have shown that buying volume did not increase dramatically as a result of the repeal of Blue Laws (laws requiring businesses to closed on Sundays). Instead, the change was simply from a six day pattern to a seven day pattern, with the volume being spread onto more days, essentially. Chick-fil-A has never been open Sundays, despite numerous consulting firms attempting to get them to change. They believe (and I would say rightly so) they would lose business by opening on Sundays because it is so embedded in their culture. It’s part of their competitive advantage. All of what you said in the end is very consistent with what they believe about their culture creating loyalty among customers and employees.

    • I love it Robert! That’s some fantastic support. Do you happen to have a source for the studies that you mentioned? I would love to read some of those studies and I’ll bet a whole bunch of business owners would love to read them too.

      • You know, I wish I did have those studies, but it was just something a friend of mine shared with me recently. I’ve been so busy, I’m not even sure which friend, sadly. Still, I do know when another team in my MBA class consulted Chick-fil-A on their business, they were told (and maybe shown) some of the research Chick-fil-A had done to support the their feeling that opening on Sunday would actually harm their business.

  2. Hi Austin, this is your cousin Amy in NH. I’m just finding your blog off facebook – wow! It’s impressive! My dad and I have had this conversation so many times – “Do you have to be a jerk to get ahead?” His answer is always, “NO!” My dad, one of the greatest guys in the world has had great success in business and he has remained kind, thoughtful, and honest. He’s been a great example to me. Thanks for a great blog and good luck with your schooling!

    • Hey Amy!! How in the world are you doing? Thanks so much for visiting the blog. Your dad is definitely a hero of mine. I wold love to spend more time with that guy and learn more from him. Thanks for your input and give your awesome family our best.

  3. Really interesting. This is interesting because it is so logical. When we treat people the way the Lord taught us, they like it and want to interact with us and do business with us. Being honest and kind is an excellent business decision.

    Bobby

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