As summer ends, students are welcomed back on campus with various construction projects that are set to be done over the next few weeks. One of the many projects that will be opening up this semester is the new Starbucks Cafe in the Pub.
The Pub once served alcohol in its glory days, but has been long deserted after new administration took over. With the abandonment of the bar, the furniture wore out along with it. Finally, the school decided to take action and do something with the unused space. After months of planning, Chartwells decided to build a new Starbucks into the Pub.
The grand opening is projected to be in mid- October. Although Starbucks will not be a fully functioning branch of Starbucks, Senior Director of Dining Services, Khara Potter, stated that “we proudly brew Starbucks under the franchise.”The school was unable to purchase the brand name because of the volume of dollars that the school makes in a day.
Although it is not a true Starbucks, the services will be similar to the brand, but will not have certain perks; such as gift cards and Apple Pay. Chartwells plans on introducing new bakery items while still tting into the meal plan equivalency.
“We are currently in the process of updating the prices accordingly,” said Potter.
New hours will be featured, as well, opening earlier on weekends. Starbucks will be open from 10:00a.m. to 8:00p.m. Monday through Friday and open at 8:00a.m. on Saturdays. The hours are much more convenient for students because the Pub does not open until noon on the weekends.
“I’m excited to be able to get coffee before I go to work early on Saturdays and Sundays,” said senior, Dominique Piccolino.
Many other food sources on campus have changed their hours to cooperate with the new Starbucks. The most monumental change would be the Library Café, which now closes at 3:00p.m., this is a new inconvenience to students that are looking for their afternoon coffee fix.
Another perk for the new Starbucks is that Chartwells will be hiring both on and o campus. This opportunity could be a potential Federal Work Study job for students who have been previously employed and trained at a Starbucks.
“I’m really excited to be able to apply to the Starbucks on campus and add another campus job,” said senior, Dashon Pratt, who has worked as a Starbucks employee for about a year.
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