University Union to keep many food options closed through summer sessions

University Union to keep many food options closed through summer sessions

University Union to keep many food options closed through summer sessions
June 20
14:02 2016

Julia Falcon | Staff Writer

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Days may be getting longer during the summer, but the retail food hours are getting shorter.

The University Union has fewer food options available to students during the summer, closing down shops such as Avesta Restaurant, Food-To-Go Pantry, Krispy Krunchy Chicken, the Campus Chat Food Court and Fuzzy’s Taco Shop.

Bill McNeace, executive director of dining services, said these spots are closed or have shortened hours to match business with business needs.

“There are a fraction of students on campus during the summer sessions,” McNeace said. “However, there are more food retail shops open during the summer now in the new union than when the old union was open during summers in the past.”

Food retail shops in the union with shortened hours include the Corner Store, open 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Burger King, open 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Chick-Fil-A, open 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Jamba Juice, open 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Starbucks, open 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Taco Bueno, open 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and Which Wich, open 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Biochemistry sophomore Mei Li Kincaid said she would like to see more food options open while there are summer classes going on.

“If my tuition is going towards this, then I think the union should be open longer with more options,” Kincaid said. “There are also students who need jobs, so I’m sure hiring more people wouldn’t be an issue.”

Along with Burger King and Taco Bueno, which are closed on Fridays, the Union is closed completely on Saturdays and Sundays.

When the hours of operation for the Union were chosen, it was based on when students are present and when there is a demand for food, McNeace said.

“It didn’t make sense to have a full-service Fuzzy’s open,” McNeace said. “The Campus Chat food court is meant for high volume, and over the summer months there is no high volume or high demand for anything in there.”

McNeace added regular hours should resume on August 21st – the day students come back to campus and can begin moving into their dorms.

Regardless, theater education senior Emily Pippins said the shortened hours are not convenient to her current schedule.

“I don’t have a parking pass, so leaving and coming back and finding another parking spot would get annoying,” Pippins said. “The other food places should be open longer, too.”

Fuzzy’s Taco shop located in the Syncidate of the Student Union will be closed or have shortened hours for the summer. Dylan Nadwodny | File

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