Happy Birthday to the Commons


 It’s hard to believe that it has already been one year since the grand opening of the Commons building on UNA’s campus! That also means our very own Chick-fil-A and Starbucks are also celebrating their birthdays!

On opening day last year, Chick-fil-A saw a huge amount of support! We instantly knew we chose the right brand to be located in the heart of Florence, on the campus of UNA! Having a Chick-fil-A on campus is not a simple task; since opening, we have sold more than 44,000 Chick-fil-A sandwiches! UNA’s Chick-fil-A serves between 500 and 600 guests per day, which takes approximately 120 hours labor in which to operate. In the fast food industry, Chick-fil-A is considered to be one of the most stringent brands when it comes to high standards. Our awesome staff upholds the highest of Chick-fil-A standards. The dedication of our staff has shown to the Chik-fil-A brand standard have propelled us to excellent status in both bi-annual audits. The hard work of our staff and the dedication of our UNA community has enabled us to bring a breakfast menu to our campus in less than a year’s time!

Sodexo and the University of North Alabama have worked tirelessly for over a year to bring the first Starbucks Coffee to the Shoals area. The numerous daunting struggles made opening Starbucks even more difficult for us. Somehow we overcame the obstacles and were able to launch Starbucks. The day we opened began with lines of customers out the door, eagerly waiting for their favorite Frappuccino, or latte beverage. Since that day and 27,000 Frappuccino’s later, customers still line up each morning eagerly for their daily boost of Starbucks. We are no longer the only location but our operation remains in good standing with Starbucks Coffee corporate and should expect to see a few new items grace our menu over the summer months.

We are hosting our 1st celebration event on March 3rd in honor of the accomplishments of Starbucks and Chik-fil-A and as a way to show appreciation for your loyalty. We hope you signed the giant Starbucks cup during our grand opening  because if you did, please stop by and point out your name to a cashier to receive a complimentary short beverage of your choice (with valid license or Mane Card). For those that love “Chikin” and cows, Chick-fil-A will be hosting a “find a cow” scavenger hunt. Follow us on Twitter @UNAdining to receive clues of where to “find a cow” and redeem you free item at Chik-fil-A.

Thank you for your support!