Chick-fil-A Excitement Builds at Mississippi College
Students lined up and loved the aroma of Chick-Fil-A sandwiches as the restaurant opened at Mississippi College.
Employees with America’s popular restaurant chain started serving CFA chicken sandwiches to hungry MC students on August 18.
“Mississippi Collegian” newspaper editor Kyle Hamrick stopped by between classes for a cookies and cream shake at Tuesday’s opening. “The shake was good, but the overall look of Alumni Hall was better,” said the MC senior from Corner, Alabama. “This is just the welcome back I needed!”
“The facilities look incredible!,” said MC senior Sophie Abuzeid of San Antonio, Texas.
As a steady stream of customers gathered on day one, it’s obvious the new Chick-fil-A will be a hit on the Clinton campus.
MC senior Austin LaBrot loved seeing all the improvements at Alumni Hall to make way for Chick-fil-A. “I like the new, clean layout of the Commons.” A cookies and cream milkshake is the go-to CFA treat for the Illinois native.
A few miles away, Clinton already is the home of a popular Chick-fil-A along U.S. 80
President Blake Thompson snagged the very first chicken sandwich at the restaurant’s soft opening at Mississippi College last week. Students and faculty say it’s fitting that Dr. Thompson enjoy that delicious reward. After all, he’s led the drive for Chick-fil-A to become part of the Christian university’s landscape for two years.
“Dr. Thompson has always been a big fan of Chick-fil-A, so it’s no surprise that he is so excited,” says MC senior Michael Washington, Jr.
The Student Government Association president, Washington is pumped, too. The Lauderdale County resident believes the new eatery in a renovated Alumni Hall will enhance the experience for all Mississippi College students.
Fall classes began August 17. And 24 hours later, students were sinking their teeth into chicken sandwiches, waffle fries, ice cream cones and other menu items.
“Having Chick-fil-A on campus will only better exemplify why MC is such a great university to attend,” says senior Damon Wright.
The SGA vice president, Damon’s a huge Chick-fil-A fan. His favorite menu item? It’s the deluxe spicy chicken sandwich meal. It comes with waffle fries and a refreshing lemonade.
The Alabama resident salutes President Thompson for going all out to attract Chick-fil-A and seeing it happen in the summer of 2020.
“His dedication to bringing Chick-fil-A on campus is a huge step for MC,” says the Choctaws football player. “He has not only given the university the opportunity to better its fellowship. He has partnered with a great company that shares a similar stance in faith and being servant-driven in all facets.”
During Dr. Thompson’s Spring 2019 inauguration week, Damon recalls the president delivering an inspiring food-related message. Speaking to a packed crowd in Provine Chapel, the MC leader highlighted the importance of people building friendships, while they fellowship over a good meal.
“Chick-fil-A is going to be glad they came to MC,” said English professor Steve Price. “We love good food here.”
One of the professsor’s CFA favorites is the spicy chicken sandwich for lunch. “A little Louisiana-style flair coming to Clinton is a good thing,” adds Price, director of the university’s Writing Center.
Faculty and staff are eager to join students as Chick-fil-A customers. During the pandemic, social distancing rules will be part of the university’s health protocols.
Boosting Mississippi College food options will be a new Einstein Bros Bagels opening in late September. It will be located just a few steps away from Chick-fil-A in Alumni Hall.
Bringing a Chick-fil-A to the campus will be a plus for university recruiters.
“Our prospective students have been chomping at the bit about the new CFA for a year,” says Michael Wright, director of freshmen recruitment and undergraduate admissions. “So I’m thrilled to see it finally come to fruition.”
As a new restaurant attracts customers year-round, it will change the way the Mississippi College graduate conducts business. “I can’t wait to take prospective families to lunch” at Chick-fil-A.