Slim Chickens to open express location in HUB-Robeson Center fall 2021

March 17, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Slim Chickens, a fast casual restaurant franchise, will open an express location in the HUB-Robeson Center on Penn State’s University Park campus in fall 2021.

Slim Chickens prides itself on its cooked-to-order fresh food and strong devoted fanbase, also known as “Slimthusiasts.” The menu offers a variety of affordable lunch options, ranging from cooked-to-order chicken tenders to fresh chicken sandwiches to house-favorite chicken wraps and featuring flavorful signature dipping sauces and sides.

“Our menu is a sure college dining favorite,” said Jackie Lobdell, vice president of franchise development at Slim Chickens. “From our hand-breaded tenders, students will get a taste of southern comfort food at University Park. We know that Slim’s will be a welcome addition and that Nittany Lions will have a new, fresh choice on campus.”

“Slim Chickens will be a perfect complement to the national brands and Penn State proprietary favorites at the HUB-Robeson Center,” said Vince Raco, interim director for Retail Dining at University Park. “The menu will offer quality and value our guests expect, as well as the essential speed of service at lunch to satisfy our customers’ express dining needs. We are excited to be partnering with a dynamic, growing company that focuses on fresh, delicious ingredients and has a strong commitment to hospitality.”

Slim Chickens will take the place of Chick-fil-A, which will close permanently at the end of the spring semester, in the HUB Dining Food Court. Chick-fil-A informed Penn State Housing and Food Services that the company would not renew the University’s franchise agreement in its current location without converting it to a full-service restaurant. A conversion would have included a significant change in the restaurant’s footprint along with a significant capital renovation to the HUB Dining Food Court.

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About Slim Chickens

Slim Chickens, a leading fast casual franchise featuring dine-in, express and drive-through options in the “better chicken” segment, opened in 2003 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Offering high-quality food with a focus on fresh, delicious ingredients, the brand prides itself on its southern flair and commitment to hospitality, all in a fast-casual setting. Food is cooked to order, and the differentiated menu features chicken tenders, sandwiches, wraps and unique side items, alongside house-made dipping sauces.

Last Updated March 17, 2021