Chick-fil-A coming to BYU-Idaho

Brigham Young University-Idaho students can plan to “eat mor chikin’” starting this fall when a new Chick-fil-A restaurant opens in the university’s student center food court.

The quick-service chicken restaurant will be the first outside-brand food station in The Crossroads food court, which opened in 2009 and currently features 17 internal brand stations, including a pasta station, a salad shaker station and a deli, according to Todd Huchendorf, director of university food services.

“We’ve had a lot of student demand for (Chick-fil-A) since the day we opened,” he said. “We’ve evaluated things over the last five years and determined … the timing and fit were right to partner with Chick-fil-A and we’re extremely excited about that.”

Since the restaurant offers food items popular among young people, Huchendorf said university officials are optimistic it will resonate well with BYU-Idaho students, noting the success of the restaurant’s BYU-Provo location.

“The brand has the power to attract people that we do not have internally,” Huchendorf said. “We saw that when we switched from our internal doughnut offering to Krispy Kremes, our sales nearly quadrupled. We think (Chick-fil-A) here will be successful. Students are very excited, they’ve been very lively on Facebook in notifying one another that it’s coming.”

Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A has 1,816 locations in 39 states, according to a university news release. The restaurant chain also operates an outlet in Ammon. The BYU-Idaho Chick-fil-A, which begins construction in July, will offer a condensed menu that includes popular items such as the Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich, nuggets and waffle potato fries.

Once completed, the new restaurant will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The outlet will be open to the general public as well as students.