No Way Chick-Fil-A


Mallory Smith

The temporary closing of Chick-Fil-A came as a surprise to most Simpsonville residents and has left most people feeling a little lost (Photo courtesy of Mallory Smith).

On Thursday, January 24th, every Brashier student received the worst news since the loss of the vending machines. Chick-Fil-A of Simpsonville will be closed for six weeks for renovations. As the resident Brashier hangout, this devastating news has rocked Simpsonville, leaving students wandering around trying to find a place to eat.

“It’s really the most tragic thing that has happened. I can’t get my chicken biscuit in the mornings, so now I have to make breakfast at home,” said junior Tyler Martin.

All jokes aside, the impact of Chick-Fil-A’s temporary closing will have an impact on students all over Simpsonville. According to their Instagram post, the renovations will include expanding the kitchen, due to the growth of the branch. While these needed renovations are taking place, many people will be impacted, such as workers, students, and parents.

“As employees, we had the option to be moved to the Mauldin store, based on our availability. Since I didn’t have enough you available, I didn’t get moved. Because of that, most of us are just taking the six weeks off, which is good and bad. It’s a nice break, but it is six weeks without pay,” said Chick-Fil-A of Simpsonville employee Caroline Gallman.

In addition to affecting students, the temporary closing is more so impacting employees. Many workers were moved to the Mauldin location, but many are not able to move because of distance, time, or availability. For some of the employees, this will be a nice vacation from work; while for others, it is six weeks without a job or only getting to work a few hours at the other location. Despite this, the renovations will be worth it to improve the working environment.

“I think that everyone is kind of excited because we know that the renovations will be worth it because the building will be so much nicer,” said Gallman.

Students, however, are being affected in one of two ways. Students are either staying home and are therefore saving money or they are choosing to eat at other restaurants that are most likely more expensive. This means that students are resorting to other options such as Zaxby’s, Panera, or Sonic. For students, these next six weeks will save them money or empty their wallets.

“I will either go to Panera or stay home, since Chick-Fil-A is closed. I’ll probably lose money because most other places are so much more expensive,” said junior Kaitlyn Runzel.

In addition to impacting Brashier students, the closing is impacting families all around Simpsonville. Many people with small children are looking for other restaurants to take their kids that have clean places for their children to play and food that they will enjoy. However, the parents of Brashier students feel the opposite. Most parents are excited that the place that students spend most of their money and time will be closed for a significant period of time.

“My parents are excited because I’m not going be going to Chick-Fil-A for six weeks. I’m going to potentially save money which they are happy about,” said Runzel.

However, the silver lining is that the closest Chick-Fil-A is only fifteen to twenty minutes away from Brashier. Fifteen to twenty minutes may seem a little out of the way, but it is worth it for a good chicken biscuit. In addition to this, Chick-Fil-A of Simpsonville and of Mauldin are owned by the same people, Webber Industries, so any Chick-Fil-A One rewards can be used at either location.

“Chick-Fil-A closing is a little sad, but it will be really exciting when they open back up,” said Martin.

While Simpsonville copes with this depressing time, we will eat our subpar chicken from other restaurants and impatiently wait for the reopening. In the meantime, Chick-Fil-A, Simpsonville misses you.