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Posted on June 20, 2016

Chick-fil-A LogoResponding to student requests for a quick-service restaurant option in the Natali Student Center, Cal U is preparing to welcome a Chick-fil-A Express.

The outlet is scheduled to open Aug. 29, the first day of fall classes, on the first level of the student center. It will be located in the space formerly occupied by the Flatz convenience store.

University employees and members of the community will be able to use cash, credit cards or debit cards to purchase Chick-fil-A’s famous chicken sandwiches, chicken nuggets, waffle potato fries, fresh salads, freshly squeezed lemonade and other menu items. Students with valid CalCards also may use Dine Dollars or Shop Dollars for their purchases.

The location will be open from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The new Chick-fil-A Express adds another student-friendly amenity to the Natali Student Center, which was re-dedicated in 2015 after a two-year renovation and expansion.

Dining at Cal U

A news release from AVI Foodsystems Inc., the University’s dining services provider, describes Chick-fil-A as “a perfect complement to the culinary choices on the Cal U campus.”  Read the news release from AVI

The Natali Student Center also houses the Gold Rush dining hall, where all-you-care-to-eat options include a wide variety of American and world cuisines; Fresh, which serves made-to-order wraps and salads; the Modeco coffee bar; the V-Bar, a pub-style location serving foods from around the world; and Fyre, which offers gourmet burgers, specialty sandwiches and panini.

Coffee, breakfast and lunch items also are available at the Sycamore Bistro, located beside Herron Recreation and Fitness Center.

This fall, Cal U will be one of five universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education to offer Chick-fil-A on campus.

“Students have been asking for a fast-food option for quite some time,” said Dr. Nancy Pinardi, vice president for Student Affairs. “Chick-fil-A is not only an industry leader, but a name our students recognize. I believe they’ll be pleased to see Chick-fil-A Express on campus.”

Open to the public

Community members are welcome to visit the new Chick-fil-A Express location in the Natali Student Center.

Pay-by-license parking is available in Lot 17, behind the student center. Visitors can pay by the hour using a meter similar to those found on many city streets or use the free PassportParking Mobile Pay app from iTunes or Google Play.

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About Chick-fil-A

It all started in 1946, when Truett Cathy opened his first restaurant, Dwarf Grill, in Hapeville, Georgia. Credited with inventing Chick-fil-A's boneless breast of chicken sandwich, Mr. Cathy founded Chick-fil-A, Inc. in the early 1960s and pioneered the establishment of restaurants in shopping malls with the opening of the first Chick-fil-A Restaurant at a mall in suburban Atlanta in 1967. Since then, Chick-fil-A has steadily grown to become the largest quick-service chicken restaurant chain in the United States, based on domestic annual sales, with over 2,000 locations in 43 states and Washington, D.C. In 2015, annual sales exceeded $6 billion. Chick-fil-A is still privately held and family owned. With 48 consecutive years of positive sales growth, Chick-fil-A has set itself apart by pioneering innovations and delicious products—including the ever-popular Chick-fil-A® Chicken Sandwich.

About AVI Foodsystems, Inc.

AVI Foodsystems has long been a strong, successful, family-owned business. Founded in 1960 by John Payiavlas, AVI has an industry-leading reputation, providing customized hospitality and food service solutions for thousands of clients and millions of customers throughout 44 states and Canada. AVI offers hospitality services in business, manufacturing, education, leisure and healthcare settings, including a complete offering of on-site dining, vending, micro markets, catering, concessions, office coffee and environmental services.