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February 6, 2013 - 5:46pm

Fake signs in Union cause stir about new restaurants


Terra Molengraff/Daily

Several signs have popped up around the Michigan Union this week claiming that new restaurants, including McDonalds and Chick-fil-A, will leasing space in the basement this spring.

However, University spokesman Rick Fitzgerald — who spoke with Union officials several times Wednesday — said the signs are a hoax.

“They are not true,” Fitzgerald said.

Fitzgerald added that no decisions have been made on what businesses will move in when current leases expire this April. Even if decisions had been made, Fitzgerald said it would be unlikely that University would announce the leases in such a manner.

In November, Union officials told the Daily that the leases for several businesses in the building — including Amer’s Mediterranean Deli, Subway, Pizza Hut, Wendy’s and the multi-restaurant space that includes Mrs. Fields, Freshens smoothies and Auntie Anne's pretzels — would end.

Since the Dec. 13 proposal deadline, a committee of students and Union employees has been reviewing bids for prospective restaurants.

The Michigan Unions logo appeared on the sign that Chik-fil-A would be moving into the basement. Fitzgerald said the University isn’t thrilled that the logo was used for a hoax.

“It’s a violation of good judgement,” he said.