Chick-Fil-A approaches Jan. opening

Mouths have been watering and anticipation growing at the thought of the new Chick-Fil-A at UVa-Wise opening its doors this spring semester.

Anyone that has visited the C. Bascom Slemp Student Center in the past few months has likely seen the construction undergoing in what used to be Coyote Jack’s and Mondo Subs, the latter now located in the Winston Ely Health and Fitness Center.

Brett Lawson, Director of Chartwells Dining Service, says that construction on the new restaurant is going smoothly and according to plan under Quesenberry Construction and project superintendent Randy Carter.

Chartwells manager Brett Lawson Checks the installation of a fryer hood with Quesenberry's Inc. worker in the old Coyote Jack's space in Slemp Student Center. Lawson said that Chartwells is aiming for a Jan. 8 opening.
Chartwells manager Brett Lawson Checks the installation of a fryer hood with Quesenberry’s Inc. worker in the old Coyote Jack’s space in Slemp Student Center. Lawson said that Chartwells is aiming for a Jan. 8 opening.

“We installed the new overhead hoods [for the ventilation systems] and have begun working on tile work for the walls,” Lawson said.  “Everything is on schedule to be completed on time”.

When asked about the time frame for the grand opening, Lawson said the opening date will be “tentative Monday, January 8, 2018—just a day after students return from winter break”.

This change does not come without a cost and the cost of this project is approximately $650,000 for updated and new equipment as well as installations and remodeling to bring the restaurant up to Chick-Fil-A standards.

There have also been costs incurred with training sessions for managers and supervisors which are held at the Chick-Fil-A headquarters located in Atlanta, Georgia. Managers have already undergone initial training and the supervisors will travel to Atlanta in November to receive training in equipment, food and customer service, Lawson said.

With just over 60 days until the grand opening, the campus community will find if the cravings for waffle fries and chicken sandwiches are worth the wait.

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