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It’s official! The golden arches will be coming to campus when the University Center re-opens in 2013.

After conducting the MarketMatch student survey during the fall semester, UH Dining Services saw that students wanted a recognizable national chain on their campus. The data results overwhelmingly pointed at McDonald’s, a brand that appeals to most college students.

“We already have very popular burger concepts, but when we did the surveys a large number of students wrote in to say that they would prefer McDonald’s to any other brand,” said Misty Pierce, marketing manager for UH Dining Services. “So we took that data and worked with a local McDonald’s franchise to deliver on that request.”

McDonald’s will be located in the University Center food court along with Chick-fil-A, Panda Express and Starbucks when Phase 1 of the UC transformation project is completed. Freshii, a custom-built concept serving fresh sandwiches, salads, soups and fruit, will round out food service at the UC during Phase 2.

“UH Dining Services is proud to add McDonald’s to our portfolio of brands on the campus,” said UHDS District Manager Tony Urso. “Our commitment to bringing UH the best dining services has to offer has just been kicked to a new level by partnering with one of the greatest retail brands on the planet.”

Executive Director of Auxiliary Services Esmeralda Valdez agreed, stating “we are very excited about the new partnership with Mr. Tillman, a UH alum. It is always great when we can foster connections and collaborations with UH Cougars. Meeting the food service needs and expectations of our students, faculty, staff and alumni is vital to the success of our program, and we believe the food service portfolio developed for the new UC validates our commitment to providing an exceptional food service experience.”

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