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  • Malia Busenitz

One Student's Quest for a Chick-fil-A Near Campus

We all love Chick-fil-A. No matter where we are, we know how long it takes to get from our current location to the nearest Chick-fil-A. We have a favorite order, and when we want to switch it up, we know exactly what to get. We’re all familiar with the delicious taste of their perfectly prepared chicken, fresh salads, classic lemonade, frosted coffee, and warm cookies. Above all, we can’t forget the taste of their mouth-watering, incomparable waffle fries.

But for some of us, there is no convenient Chick-fil-A along our daily driving routes. I live 15 minutes from the Chick-fil-A in Madison, and school is 10 minutes away from Chick-fil-A on Epps Bridge, though it takes longer with traffic. Therefore, if I want Chick-fil-A before or after school, I have to build 30 to 45 minutes into my commute! This begs the question: Why is there no Chick-fil-A in Watkinsville? It’s an outrage! I have decided to do something about it, and you are welcome along for the ride!

I can make a convincing argument to Chick-fil-A. I would tell franchise owners to think of all the customers that would flood into my pipedream Watkinsville location: Athens Academy, Oconee, and North Oconee students; people who work or live in Watkinsville; drivers in 441 traffic and exiting the loop―the list goes on and on. Furthermore, the only convenient place to eat in our area is Waffle House, a great option if you have time and you’re in the mood, and Golden Chick, which apparently has great cups and does, admittedly, have some pretty tasty rolls. But you can’t live on rolls! If Chick-fil-A were an option, people would no longer carry around those yellow, brown, and black cups from Golden Chick; we, and many other lucky locals, would all be feasting on amazing Chick-fil-A chicken!

I even have an ideal location in mind. Have any of y’all noticed the guy that sells dirt from his house? His property, almost halfway halfway between Spartan Lane and Racetrack and where Lavista Road runs parallel to Spartan Lane, would be the perfect place for a new Chick-fil-A. I plan to ask this man for how much he would be willing to sell his property to Chick-fil-A. Still, in order for a new Chick-fil-A to be built, it needs support from the locals. You can help me on my mission by filling out a petition acknowledging how frequently you’ll eat at the new Chick-fil-A when it opens.

Once I have gathered this information, I will write a letter to Chick-fil-A filling them in on the details, and hopefully the letter will spark their interest so that future generations of Spartans and the people of Watkinsville can happily dine on the most wonderful fast food in the world. I’ll keep you posted!