GC’s campus Chick-fil-A, located in the Bobcat Food Court, will be closing down May 12 for renovations. The store will open back up in mid-to-late July with an expanded menu, just in time to serve students enrolled in late summer classes and fall 2018.
Director of Auxiliary Services Greg Brown said that every franchised Chick-fil-A store upgrades once in a while. The current campus store has been up and running for the past 12 years, but corporate Chick-fil-A mandates an upgrade every few years.
The new changes to the store will add in fruit cups, greek yogurt, milkshakes, chocolate chip cookies, frosted lemonades and Icedream Cups, as well as spicy chicken sandwiches and bacon, egg and cheese biscuits.
Many GC students are excited about the changes, such as junior Anna Schureck, a business management major.
“I think it’s really great, and it will be more appealing to students on campus, and it will definitely be something that students enjoy and take advantage of,” Schureck said.
Jarvis Williams, who is the supervisor for The Max and Chick-fil-A, said that the new changes to Chick-fil-A will improve the experience for the students as well as the employees working.
“It should be easier, and with the expansion it will be more things you need to be better [as a company],” Williams said.
Instead of closing down for the summer like usual, The Max will stay open to accommodate the summer students who would usually eat at Chick-fil-A or Subway, since the Bobcat Food Court will be closed.
The new plan for the Chick-fil-A and Bobcat Food Court includes the removal of the cash registers in the middle of the store. Each food retailer will have its own cash register to increase accessibility and decrease wait times.
Students who frequent the Bobcat Food Court often find themselves waiting for fresh food to be served and then waiting in a long line to check out. By the time they get to the end of the line, their food is already cold. Supervisors hope the new additions will eliminate these problems entirely.
Chick-fil-A will be getting an expanded counter of its own with a cash register, and employees will take students orders for entrees and desserts from the register, rather than taking the orders verbally from the window as they do currently.
Subway will stay the same size with the addition of its own active cash register.
Brown mentioned that there will be no added infrastructure to the current building. However, the Bobcat Food Court will expand further into the space underneath The Max, and another electrical panel and another vent hood system will be added after the addition of the two new fryers.
“This is about a $200,000 project,” Brown said. “We’re updating the kitchen aspect of it, to add more opportunity, and we’re hoping to increase profits.”
Students will be able to walk to the Bobcat Food Court and get a 20-ounce Chick-fil-A milkshake to take their minds off their classes and homework.
Freshman Evan Baker, a current employee at Chick-fil-A and an economics major, said he is excited about the changes to the current workplace.
“Management is excited about it,” Baker said. “I know personally I am excited about it, and I think overall it’s going to go well.”