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Chick-fil-A, Freshëns and Bento coming to Wingate University

by Luanne Williams

Wingate students will get their No. 1 choice for a new dining option this fall, as Chick-fil-A is headed to campus. Chick-fil-A will be housed in a totally remodeled Klondike, which will also feature a Freshëns and a Bento as well as a new Provisions on Demand (POD) convenience store.

Officials with Aramark and Wingate University announced the changes last week and said construction work will soon be underway to transform the Elm Promenade facility – which formerly housed the Health Center and the Klondike – into a new and improved 5,500-square-foot food court.

“We listened to the voice of the students,” said Jonathan Parker, Aramark district manager. “Chick-fil-A was the number one brand when we surveyed students. And when we brought Freshëns to campus to sample, the feedback was overwhelmingly positive.”

He said Bento Asian Kitchen will fill the growing demand for sushi and other Asian favorites.

Freshens restaurant counter

Aramark’s Dave Penney, who directs dining services at Wingate, said Freshëns Fresh Food Studio will offer a health-focused menu that is allergy-sensitive, with vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. The chain is known for its “100% clean” smoothies, antibiotic-free chicken and responsibly sourced ingredients.

Bento restaurant logo

In addition to sushi, which is a recently added option at the Klondike, Bento’s Pan-Asian menu will include noodle bowls and other specialties. The chain touts its “rolls, bowls, boxes and teas.”

Parker said diners at Chick-fil-A can expect all the chain’s standard menu items, as well as its trademark friendly customer service.

Scott Hunsucker, Wingate’s vice president of business operations, is working with Aramark, officials from all three restaurant franchises and design firm Tipton and Associates to come up with a suitable layout for the Klondike. Once the design phase is finished, construction will begin.

Students will be able to use cash, credit or Bulldog Bucks at all the eateries, with some meal-swipe options available at Chick-fil-A and Freshens.

Cameron Jackson, the University’s assistant vice president for auxiliary services, said that in addition to the Klondike POD, students can expect a POD inside the residence hall now under construction and an expanded POD at the Levine College of Health Sciences.

The new dining options will also expand the number of student work-study positions.

April 15, 2019

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