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Chick-Fil-A To Leave HUB By End Of Spring Semester

It really is true that nothing gold can stay, eh? Well, golden-fried, at least.

The HUB’s legendary Chick-fil-A Express location will close at the end of the spring semester after the company chose not to renew the university’s franchise agreement without converting it to a full-service restaurant.

According to Penn State, a conversion would’ve required “a significant change” in the restaurant’s footprint, on top of steep costs.

Next fall, Chick-fil-A will be replaced with a Slim Chickens franchise. The Arkansas-based chain, first founded in 2003, currently has more than 100 restaurants and is opening several other college campus locations this year. It serves an assortment of traditional chicken favorites, including tenders, wraps, and sandwiches.

“Slim Chickens will be a perfect complement to the national brands and Penn State proprietary favorites at the HUB-Robeson Center,” said Vince Raco, interim director for Retail Dining at University Park. “The menu will offer quality and value our guests expect, as well as the essential speed of service at lunch to satisfy our customers’ express dining needs. We are excited to be partnering with a dynamic, growing company that focuses on fresh, delicious ingredients and has a strong commitment to hospitality.”

Jackie Lobdell, vice president of franchise development at Slim Chickens, said the restaurant will provide students with a “new, fresh choice on campus.”

For now, the HUB’s Chick-fil-A will continue operating from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

We’ll update this post with more information as it becomes available.

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