Written by | Tristan Pinter
The badger may no longer be the most popular animal on Amarillo College’s Washington Street Campus—it has been replaced by the chicken. Chick-fil-A is being sold from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. every Monday through Thursday in the Badger Den. Heather Atchley, AC student activities director, played a leading role in initiating the agreement with the restaurant. The service has been well received so far, Atchley said. “We haven’t had any complaints.” She also said AC faculty have taken a special liking to the new location, commonly going to get food between classes instead of waiting for a break hours later.
Many students said they are pleased to have the new food service. “I think it was a good choice, mostly because the closest Chick-fil-A is all the way on Georgia,” said Aaron Akins, an English major. “Going off campus is definitely still an option, but saving your parking spot is really nice and probably a good idea.” Other students said they “had no idea there was a Chick-fil-A on campus” and said they were delighted to know they may not need to leave campus for lunch.
“Chick-fil-A is a great company to work with,” said Atchley, calling the company “very supportive” and eager to meet the needs of the students. “Many students have back-to-back classes every day,” said Atchley. “This allows them to quickly get lunch and get back without even leaving campus.” Atchley said that this agreement could lead to more food choices on campus in the future. “If they do well, [Chick-Fil-A] may bring a food truck to campus” Atchley said. Chick-fil-A on the Washington Street Campus is organized and run by the Chick-fil-A on Georgia Street. The menu includes sandwiches, wraps, cookies, fruit-cups, salad and more; however, fries and nuggets are not available due to equipment constraints.
The campus service also comes with an approximate 30 to 40 cent mark up and does not reflect the pricing seen in-store at the Georgia Street Chick-fil-A location.