Met with thunderous applause following a surprise presentation Thursday, Feb. 24, Freed-Hardeman University President David R. Shannon announced that Chick-fil-A will be coming to the FHU campus in Henderson.
Under the guise of celebrating the president’s 55th birthday, staff members rolled a giant cake onto the Loyd Auditorium stage following chapel. The president addressed students, faculty and staff in attendance and made the announcement while one of the Eat Mor Chikin Cows jumped out of the cake.
“We are thrilled to share this news with our student body!” Shannon said. “Serving Chick-fil-A’s beloved chicken, drinks and sides here will mean a great deal to students, faculty, staff and area residents, and we know that Chick-fil-A will be welcomed with open arms by our incredible community.
The university, which will operate a licensed Chick-fil-A location, plans to construct a new building to serve the popular menu items. “We are working on the dining and kitchen design and menu options with the Chick-fil-A corporate team,” Jason Brashier, CFO and vice president for financial services, said, “as we are working toward a fall 2023 opening.”
The new building will face Main Street in Henderson, making it easily accessible from downtown and within the campus.
Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. is a family-owned and privately held restaurant company founded in 1967 by S. Truett Cathy. Devoted to serving the local communities in which its franchised restaurants operate, and known for its original chicken sandwich, Chick-fil-A serves freshly prepared food in more than 2,500 restaurants in 47 states, Washington, D.C. and Canada. More information is available at chick-fil-a.com.