A new addition is coming to Lincoln that many students will benefit from. Chick-fil-A is planning another expansion this year, making it their second location in Lincoln. The Atlanta based restaurant has made a deal to buy the Perkins on the corner of 48th and O street.
According the Board of Zoning Appeals, the new Chick-fil-A will be slightly bigger than the current one at SouthPointe Pavilions which opened in the fall of 2015. Charlie Colon, general manager at Chick-fil-A, is looking forward to the company’s newest addition. “Chick-fil-A is a popular restaurant so this new location is going to be able to serve more Lincoln residents in more ways than one.”
City officials don’t have a set open date for Chick-fil-A but when the project gets approved it will mark the end of Perkins in Lincoln since the O street location is the the company’s last in the city. The good news for students is the difference in distance from campus between the current location and the new one. You can now save a minute of driving while you rush over to get an original spicy sandwich and sweet tea! “Chick-fil-A is one of my favorite places to eat,” comments freshman pre-nursing major Greg Hanson. “I’m going to be spending even more money since it’s closer now but am I mad? No.”
Since the restaurant’s first beginnings in 1946 in Atlanta, Georgia, Chick-fil-A now has more than 2,200 locations spread across the U.S in states such as Florida, California, New York, and even a few locations in Canada as well. “I think that it’s a good idea to build another location,” comments sophomore social work major Sandra Elizondo. “The fact that they have vegetarian and other non-meat options makes them well known so everyone can eat there.” Even though Chick-fil-A has a reputation of being closed every Sunday, they were named the most popular restaurant in 2016 and continue to open up different locations.
“It’s sad to see the last Perkins get shut down but I think that it’s a better idea to have a more successful business in town.” comments junior business administration Elizabeth Daniels. Despite the business shut down, there are some good changes to happen to Lincoln. “Chick-fil-A is a big company and for them to open another location here will be beneficial to the community,” comments senior marketing major Kevin Svoboda. “The area is surrounded by other restaurants and businesses which can also help them out too.” With the quality food and great customer service that they provide, more people will be able to “Eat Mor Chikin” here in Lincoln in the next coming year.
Caroline Guchu is a junior studying communications.