Debunked: Chick-fil-A is closed on Sundays for religious reasons

BYLINE: Nathan Rousseau Smith

If you're like most, you crave Chick-fil-A the one day you can't have it, Sunday.

But why exactly is the famous fast food place closed on Sundays? Many assume it's so that workers can go to church.

However, while the chain's roots are a humble beginning from the deeply red state Atlanta, Georgia, the real reason for the day off is less about religion and more about work-life balance.

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UNITED STATES - 2008/09/01: Chickfila fast food restaurant. (Photo by John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images)
(cm ) BZ22CHICK_CM03 Chick-fil-A Inc. president and COO Dan Cathy, son of the chain's founder Truett Cathy, sounds the trumpet while visiting one of his franchises in Littleton, 9976 W. Remington Place, on Monday, April 20, 2009. Later in the week on Thursday, April 23, Cathy will help open the 1440th nationwide franchise at 4090 River Point Parkway in Sheridan. Cathy an avid trumpet player belted out a happy birthday rendition to customers who were visiting the Littleton restaurant. Cyrus McCrimmon, The Denver Post (Photo By Cyrus McCrimmon/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Chick-fil-A team member, Lierin Patterson, loads up orders at the restaurant near Southlands Mall in Aurora recently. The ReturnMore company had partnered with this Chick-fil-A, presenting flyers with a QR code on them, right, that once scanned on a smartphone, will connect you to the Chick-fil-A facebook page and will then offer coupons for special discounts, in this case, a free sandwich. Andy Cross, The Denver Post (Photo By Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
A man packs up a tent in the parking lot before the grand opening of the Chick-fil-A Inc. restaurant in Costa Mesa, California, U.S., on Thursday, April 26, 2012. 100 lucky customers who camped out for over 24 hours received coupons good for a year's worth of free meals. Costa Mesa's first Chick-fil-A restaurant is one of 96 locations the chain plans to open across the country in 2012, creating nearly 7,000 new jobs according to the company. Photographer: Patrick Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A Chick-fil-A logo is seen on a take out bag at one of its restaurants on July 28, 2012 in Bethesda, Maryland. Chick-fil-A, with more than 1,600 outlets mainly in the southern United States, has become the target of gay rights activists and their allies after president Dan Cathy came out against same-sex marriage last week. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GettyImages)
A Chick-fil-A restaurant August 1, 2012 in Manassas, Virginia on Chick-fil-A Day of Appreciation. The ongoing controversy over an interview with Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy has grown during the past two weeks and now involves an Appreciation Day, to be followed by a counter-Appreciation Day and a 'Kiss-in.'' Comments by Cathy over same-sex marriage went viral, and several entertainers, musicians and politicians condemned Cathy for being 'hateful and bigoted.' AFP PHOTO/ Karen BLEIER (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/GettyImages)
A man carries he drink outside a Chick-Fil-A fast food restaurant in Hollywood, California August 1, 2012. Thousands of Americans turned out Wednesday to feast on fried chicken in a politically-charged show of support for a family owned fast-food chain which opposes same-sex marriage. Long lines and traffic jams were reported throughout the American heartland after 630,000 people declared on Facebook they would take part in a Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages)
CHICAGO - JANUARY 12: Chick-fil-A restaurant, in Chicago, Illinois on JANUARY 12, 2013 (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
An original chicken sandwich and waffle fries are arranged for a photograph at a Chick-fil-A Inc. restaurant in Bowling Green, Kentucky, U.S., on Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2014. The U.S. economy grew more rapidly in the fourth quarter than previously estimated as consumer spending climbed by the most in three years, showing the expansion had momentum heading into this years harsh winter. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 2: The interior of Chick-Fil-A, a day before its opening, on 37th Street and 6th Avenue, on October 2, 2015 in New York City.. The fast food chicken restaurant is set to open its first store in Manhattan. (Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)
The Chick-fil-A mascot rides an elevator during an event ahead of the grand opening for the restaurant in New York, U.S., on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. Chick-fil-A, the Southern chicken-sandwich chain that has drawn both controversy and copycats over the years, has finally arrived in New York. The company will open a 5,000-square-foot (465-square-meter), three-level restaurant in Manhattan's Garment District that will be the chain's largest location in the nation. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg via Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 2: The exterior of Chick-Fil-A, a day before its opening, on 37th Street and 6th Avenue, on October 2, 2015 in New York City.. The fast food chicken restaurant is set to open its first store in Manhattan. (Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)
A employee picks up a fried chicken sandwich during an event ahead of the grand opening for a Chick-fil-A restaurant in New York, U.S., on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. Chick-fil-A, the Southern chicken-sandwich chain that has drawn both controversy and copycats over the years, has finally arrived in New York. The company will open a 5,000-square-foot (465-square-meter), three-level restaurant in Manhattan's Garment District that will be the chain's largest location in the nation. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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In an interview with Thrillist, Chick-fil-A's senior director explains how the company's late founder, S. Truett Cathy, decided early on that workers needed time off to preserve their sanity.

Cathy was once quoted as saying, "we aren't really in the chicken business, we are in the people's business."

That kind of philosophy leaves millions of dollars behind every year.

Even so, closing its doors one day a week hasn't stopped the chain from dominating the fast food playing field. Each Chick-fil-A location makes more money than any other fast-food chain that's open 7 days a week.

Plus, Chick-fil-A says the Sunday policy attracts the kind of employees they actually want.

There are times when the no-work-on-Sunday rule is bent. On rare occasions individual locations will open their doors to make food donations.

After the Orlando nightclub shooting, several Chick-fil-A locations spent Sunday giving out sandwiches to those who donated blood.

If you're hoping for the day when Chick-fil-A will abandon the Sundays off rule completely, don't count on it. That's probably about as likely as getting their cow mascots to start spelling correctly.

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