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You probably missed it but the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center had a Business Professional Meet & Greet a few weeks ago at the Hilton and AutoZone was there! So we can report some limited progress for the self-described “Autozoners,” including offering domestic partner benefits — but only in California where it’s mandated by law; and only to new hires, or previous hires at the next open enrollment, probably in November this year.
But you’d know that, Autozoner, if you were there at the Memphis meet and greet — except no benefits for you in Tennessee, or anywhere else, really, except the Golden State. The HRC Index ranks them at 15 for their non-discrimination policy, so there’s that. But Pep Boys gets a 65, so you decide. In the meantime, there’s this amusing AutoZone/Boyzone “collision” from a few years ago.
CFA is headed for a slow decline. With their strong identification with the religious right and against gays in general, it’s going to be difficult in the future to find new franchisees. Additionally, at corporate HQ, it’s going to be much harder to recruit qualified MBAs and other people they need to grow the company. Who would want to associate themselves with such a company? Religious extremists are very few in the upper ranks of highly qualified managers.
So they will go in slow decline, I predict, as they make small errors, miss opportunities, and have generally mediocre management from top to bottom. The only people they can attract at this point are the strongly anti-gay people, which pretty much eliminates the whole next generation.
I’m not worried — there are plenty of other fast food restaurants eager to steal their market share, and they will.