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Bethel Getting Chick-fil-A

4/11/2012

Cindy Mallard, Dr. Roger Johnson, and Sandy Louden, all of Bethel, visit with the Chick-Fil-A cow during the announcement that the restaurant was coming to the school.

Chick-Fil-A restaurant will soon open on Bethel University's main campus in McKenzie. University officials made the announcement to school faculty last Thursday.

     Steve Prosser, vice president of university administration, said restaurant officials visited the campus five times and interviewed members of the administration, faculty, staff, and students. Prosser said the Atlanta-based restaurant chain chose Bethel University to operate a licensed Chick-Fil-A restaurant.

     Chick-Fil-A chose Bethel because it liked the university’s core values, its operational strategies, and its educational philosophy, said Prosser.

     “We are pleased to partner with Chick-Fil-A,” said Keith Priestley, assistant to the president for financial affairs. Priestley said the restaurant is expected to open in the new Vera Low Student Enrichment Center on July 19.  Bethel will own and operate the facility and expects to hire approximately 25 persons. A job fair will be scheduled in mid-May, said Priestley. Daniel Morgan of Three Way, will manage the restaurant. Morgan is currently the assistant manager of Chick-Fil-A on Vann Drive, Jackson.

     Morgan said restaurant hours are tentatively set as 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Saturday and closed Sunday.  The restaurant will feature in-restaurant dining for approximately 75 and take out and is open to students and the public.

     The manager said the restaurant would feature the original chicken sandwich, salads, milk shakes, waffle fries, fruit cups, and many other of the Chick-Fil-A menu items.

     Following the announcement, members of the university faculty and visitors enjoyed Chick-Fil-A sandwiches.