New coffee and concession stand to open in GAB

New coffee and concession stand to open in GAB

New coffee and concession stand to open in GAB
November 14
08:58 2013

Obed Manuel / Contributing Writer

The General Academic Building is set to house the first-ever “We Proudly Brew” Caribou Coffee stand on a Texas college campus.

Ken Botts, director of special projects for Dining Services, said the move comes as part of an effort to increase the number of on-campus dining options for students.

“We try to bring brands that are new and exciting to the students that they haven’t experienced before,” Botts said. “Everybody’s been to Starbucks. A lot of people have been to Seattle’s Best because those have been popping up recently.”

The stand will be a “We Proudly Brew” location, where it will serve a limited selection of Caribou Coffee drinks and pastries. A trainer from the Minnesota-based company will come to the university to train the student workers on how to make the products they will be selling, Botts said.

Botts said the stand on the GAB’s second floor will sell the same food products – sandwiches, salads, sushi, candy, etc. – as the concession stand on the first floor of Wooten Hall.

Retail Services Manager Kim Schroeder said the stand will likely open before Thanksgiving, though there is no specific date set for the opening.

“If it was up to me, this would have opened in August,” Schroeder said. “Any time you’re dealing with projects and remodeling part of a building, there are always kinks to be worked out.”

Schroeder said that as of now, the concession stand is scheduled to be open from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., though those hours may change based on how much revenue the stand collects.

“We have to be good stewards of the university’s money,” Schroeder said.

Several students who frequent the GAB said renovating its lobby to include the concession stand is a much-welcomed change.

Mathematics senior Valtero Monjave, who works up to 20 hours a week in the GAB 330 computer lab, said the new stand will be a major convenience for him and other students who spend a lot of time in the GAB.

“Before, when the Union was open, we had to walk all the way over there,” Monjave said. “Now we’ll be able to grab something and come right back to work.”

Botts said when the decision was made to bring in Caribou Coffee, he took into account the fact that the GAB is home to various departments, including the College of Arts and Sciences and the Mayborn School of Journalism.

The Dining Services department estimates about 10,000 students walk through the GAB on a daily basis, Botts said. The estimate was configured from the number of classes scheduled in the GAB and the number of students in them.

“We wanted to do something special for the community that partakes of this building,” Botts said.

Feature photo: The Caribou Coffee stand in the General Academic Building is currently under construction on the second floor. The stand is said to be opening up sometime before Thanksgiving break. Photo by Harris Buchanan / Staff Photographer 

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