Harland Kissel and Julian Galletta
The new Chick-fil-A in Cicero, NY is attracting many people, including Jamesville-Dewitt High School students. The food there has been a huge hit since it opened in February. Although the new Chick-fil-A is 30 minutes away from most people in the JD community, it hasn’t stopped them from trying the new restaurant for the first time, or returning based on a past experience there.
The location of the restaurant is problematic for the J-D community. It doesn’t help that only half of the students can drive themselves to get there. “It’s like 30 minutes away from here,” said freshman Faraaz Beg, “and there is tons of traffic on the way there.” Like Beg, senior Leah Netti is also disappointed with the location. “I think it’s a good idea to bring it up here but it’s just too far away,” she said. Agreeing with her and Beg is freshman Mareed Alam. “It is absolutely not a good location for people at J-D,” he said, “you have to drive all the way to Cicero to go to a Chick-fil-A. That’s crazy!”
Despite the distance, Alam had many good things to say about the food. “Everything there is great, everything is tasty,” he said. Like Alam, Beg is also a fan. “My favorite food there is the original chicken sandwich,” he said. Netti had a different opinion on what foods are good there. “My favorite is the nuggets, but I really don’t like the spicy chicken sandwich.” Freshman Abbey Clapper agrees. “The nuggets are my favorite,” she said.
Clapper complemented the service at the new Chick-fil-A. “The customer service was very good and polite, they treated me like a human being,” she said. Alam is surprised at how well the employees did their job. “It’s excellent, and since they just opened, that’s impressive.” Netti added, “it’s really nice, they’re very nice people.”
Here at J-D, the excitement for the new restaurant has been huge. The problematic location of the new establishment has been the biggest barrier for new customers to get over, but those who have gone have been only saying positive things about it. Many students have given glowing reviews of the restaurant and it looks like Chick-fil-A will not be seeing any decline in customers soon.