A new treat is coming to the Washington Street Campus. AC President Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart and Joshua Raef, restaurant operator of Georgia St. Chick-fil-A, have made an agreement to have Chick-fil-A on campus. Beginning Nov. 16, the new Chick-fil-A lunch service will be on the Washington Street Campus from 11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays until the semester ends. The food cart will return the first day of spring classes, Jan. 19.
Chick-fil-A will be set up in a corner of Badger Den on the first floor of the College Union Building. Items sold at AC will have a 30- to 40-cent higher price than at the Georgia Street restaurant. A variety of items will be sold, such as, sandwiches, wraps, salads, fruit cups and chips. “We are very excited about this opportunity, and we hope that our students and staff enjoy Chick-fil-a’s presence on campus,” said Student Life Director Heather Atchley. The agreement is a low-risk, year–by-year contract that can be ended anytime by either side. Ending the service requires only a 30-day notice. “I am stinking proud that we are offering this,” Lowery-Hart said.Raef said he intends to hire students to work the cart. “The contract gives them flexibility to respond to the needs of the campus,” Lowery-Hart said. “I love Chick-fil-A and go there for lunch often,” said Kaylee Hall, a psychology major. “Now that it will be available on campus, it is even better.”Students often miss lunch because they have back-to-back classes around lunch time. The hope for the new food cart is to provide those students with something more than vending machine snacks.”I will probably eat Chick-fil-A more now that I’ll have one in walking distance,” said Angel Rodarte, a biology major.Rodarte said many AC students are greatly anticipating the arrival of Chick-fil-A on campus.”I personally think it’ll be very successful,” she said. “I know a lot of people who go to AC that love it.” “The opportunity to maintain a franchise on AC’s campus is a huge accomplishment and milestone,” Lowery-Hart said.