Panda Express the Latest Chain to Bite Into Boise State Market

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The campus at Boise State University has been home to Subway for years. The sandwich chain occupies a location in the Education Building at the center of campus.

But this fall, a second Subway restaurant opened less than a mile away in the school's Student Union building, as more chain restaurants eye the school's 20,000-plus student body.

That restaurant is situated next to the first Chick-fil-A location opened in Idaho, an express outlet that predated the chain's first full-service eatery in the Treasure Valley by two years.

Now, California fast-food chain Panda Express is slated to join a list of establishments that already includes Subway, an Einstein Bros. Bagels outlet, Moxie Java and Starbucks in competition for the stomachs of Boise State students.

The university announced Panda Express will replace Zoca and an outlet of local Thai restaurant Mai Thai in the school's Interactive Learning Center. Construction began Dec. 7, with an expected opening date of Jan. 22.

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