Sodexo funded the new Starbucks opened in the Memorial Union. The grand opening was held on Nov. 12 with a ribbon cutting and free samples. The Starbucks allows the use of dining dollars and includes a full Starbucks menu unlike the limited menu Buzzcotti had.

“We’ve been in discussions (for Starbucks) for the last three years,” said Carmen Leads, Memorial Union Director. “We’re hoping the community gets involved as well but we’re excited for the students to have something right here on campus.”

Community members are welcome to come to the Starbucks on campus. The ribbon cutting was attended by multiple staff members, students and workers of both Starbucks and Sodexo.

“I love Starbucks,” said Rachael Urban, freshman social science education major. “I’ve been waiting for (the grand opening) since the beginning of the semester.”

The ribbon was cut by the district manager of the Starbucks and the general manager of Sodexo.

“Thank you all for coming out today,” said Myron Bridges, general manager of Sodexo, to the crowd. “We want to thank everyone who’s been here every step of the way. We are excited to partner with Starbucks.”

The hours of operation are from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. It is closed on the following holidays: Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

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