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Friday, April 19, 2024

Starbucks opens its doors in the ARC

A haven for coffee-lovers everywhere, another Starbucks has been born.

The three-day old coffee shop, located at the Activities and Recreation Center, is the sixth Starbucks to hit Davis.

Jackie Grimes, the Starbucks district manager, hopes the coffee shop will provide for students another place to study and socialize.

“As you can see, there’s a lot of space for them to come in [and] study, socialize or whatever,Grimes said.

The new Sodexho-licensed Starbucks has more lounge space, plenty of electrical outlets and is Wi-Fi friendly.

Gina Rios, the general manager of retail operations of Sodexho, is particularly excited about the lounge space.

“I mean, Starbucks is great, but to add more seating that’s really comfortable for students, that’s [also] a really a nice place to hang out, I think is the best [aspect] because we don’t have that on campus,Rios said.

The decision to place a Starbucks at the ARC was made to meet the needs of the variety of guests passing through, Rios said.

“There’s such a diversity of people coming into the ARC and the Pavilion,she said.There’s the ballroom, the conference rooms, the cyber lounge, the exercise area and then the special events [that occur] in the Pavilion. This seemed like the best thing we could do that would appeal to a lot of people and meet a lot of different needs.

James Boushka, the director of marketing of Sodexho, said students and faculty are eligible to receive a 10 percent discount off their purchases when using Aggie Cash at the ARC Starbucks.

“In the future, we hope to add something similar in the Silo Union area – perhaps a Starbucks – but it could be another concept,he said.

The ARC Starbucks is currently open Mondays through Fridays, 7 a.m. to midnight, and Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.


POOJA DEOPURA can be reached at campus@theaggie.org.


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