Liberty University Strengthens Ties with Chick-fil-A: New Restaurant Location to Open on Campus with Second One Planned

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Liberty University has had a longstanding relationship with Chick-fil-A and shares its values as the world's largest Christian university. Founder S. Truett Cathy received an honorary doctorate degree at its Commencement in May and visited the campus when it first opened a Chick-fil-A in 2007. Today Liberty announced a new restaurant opening on campus on Aug. 16, with a second one being planned. Liberty may become the first university to have two Chick-fil-A sites.

Construction workers put the finishing touches on the new Chick-fil-A Express, located in Liberty University's Tilley Student Center, which is slated to open Aug. 16.

Strengthening its longstanding relationship with the popular restaurant chain Chick-fil-A, Liberty University announced today that its new Chick-fil-A Express location will open Aug. 16 in the Tilley Student Center and a second location is being planned on main campus, at a yet-to-be determined site.

“We welcome Chick-fil-A and the values they stand for,” said Lee Beaumont, Liberty’s director of auxiliary services, who noted that while some localities and even one university have been encouraged recently to cut ties with the company, Liberty is doing the opposite.

Beaumont said the growth of the university, with a campus transformation under way, as well as its continuing popularity among students, justified a second location. Liberty may become the first university to have two Chick-fil-A sites.

Liberty has offered Chick-fil-A among its dining options for five years. The relationship has resulted in visits from top executives, most recently at this year’s Commencement, when founder S. Truett Cathy received an honorary doctorate degree. Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. said Cathy was honored for his “commitment to faith and excellence in business, and for modeling the vision of Liberty University to the world.”

Cathy participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony of Liberty’s first Chick-fil-A in September 2007 in a newly renovated Founder’s Food Court at Campus North (now Green Hall). The food court closed in September 2011 and Chick-fil-A was moved temporarily to the Vines Center.

The Wards Road and River Ridge mall Chick-fil-A locations in Lynchburg have had a sponsor relationship for more than a decade with Liberty University Athletics. They are the sole sponsor of the Flames Kids Club.

The restaurant chain, a private company founded in 1946, operates more than 1,600 locations in 39 states and in the District of Columbia.

Liberty alumnus Ken Coleman interviewed Chick-fil-A COO Dan Cathy on his weekly radio show, The Ken Coleman Show, on June 16. It was Cathy’s comments on Coleman’s show that were partly responsible for recent media reports about the company. Coleman immediately began receiving calls from major media outlets, leading to an interview on CNN as well as an editorial for The Huffington Post.

ABOUT LIBERTY
Liberty University, located in Lynchburg, Va., is the world’s largest Christian university. Nearly 100,000 students attend classes on its 6,800-acre residential campus and study in its thriving online education program.

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