The University of Virginia’s College at Wise has assured students of a Chick-fil-A restaurant as a new dinning option.
While students were under the impression that it would be open at the beginning of this semester, Brett Lawson, director of campus dining contractor Chartwells said, “There were some delays in paper work and permitting both on the UVA and Chick-fil-A side.”
“It took a little bit longer for everybody to get going and get the contracts in place than what we thought it would,” Lawson said. “But this week, actually today, they have been up there working on some demo and getting started.”
The restaurant will occupy the former Coyote Jack’s and Mondo Subs location on the Slemp Student Center’s fourth floor. While Coyote Jack’s no longer exists, Mondo Subs has been relocated to the second floor of the Ely Fitness Center wing of the Slemp Center.
Some of the equipment from Coyote Jack’s and Mondo has been removed from the old space.
College officials have said recently that the new restaurant should be open by the beginning of the spring 2018 semester.
Chartwells will be responsible for hiring the employees, while Chick-fil-A will be responsible for training the employees so they receive, according to Lawson, “true Chick-fil-A training.” Lawson said that this restaurant would require more employees than the other location.
“We’re looking at probably 10 to 12 employees per shift.” This allows for more job opportunities for students and the community.
Lawson said the new restaurant falls under Chick-fil-A corporate standards as any other franchise would.
“The Chick-fil-A standards will be enforced here on campus just like they would in an actual Chick-fil-A location.”
Although UVa-Wise is not getting all the menu items found at a regular Chick-fil-A, Lawson said that the popular original chicken sandwich and chicken nuggets will be on the menu along with salad options and milkshakes.
Although Chick-fil-A will not be open on Sundays, restaurant weekday hours are expected to be 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturday hours are still to be determined.
At the end of each month, Lawson said, “We are going to track the progress and do some celebrations in dining.” As the opening gets closer, Lawson said he would do promotional things such as giveaways and drawings to increase the excitement.
“I think most people are excited and were ready for it to be up and running this fall but the big picture is that we’re still getting Chick-fil-A.”