GLENVILLE, WV (LOOTPRESS) – Glenville State University has announced $1.5 million in planned renovations and upgrades to its cafeteria and snack bar areas in the Mollohan Campus Community Center.
The funds come from Aramark Collegiate Hospitality, with whom Glenville State renewed its campus food services contract in August 2021, effectively extending the ongoing partnership between the two entities for the next 15 years.
Among the planned renovations are updates to the cafeteria serving and dining room areas, an updated grill, and an express convenience store area.
Also included will be the addition of a national brand – Freshens – which bills itself as a “fresh casual” restaurant. Offered here will be made-to-order food crafted with fresh ingredients.
Work on these renovations has been ongoing throughout the summer, with completion expected early in the fall semester.
There will also be a “We Proudly Serve” Starbucks coffee shop opening on campus in the fall, similar to those which can be found at other West Virginia schools such as Concord University. This shop will be located on the main floor of Louis Bennett Hall, near the Pioneer Campus Store.
“From the cafeteria and snack bar to the new Starbucks, these renovations will provide a better dining experience for everyone. We are pleased to see this investment in our campus coming together and I look forward to seeing the new spaces completed. We appreciate our Aramark partners for their work in making this happen,” said Glenville State University President, Dr. Mark A. Manchin.
“Our goal is to continue driving student retention and the overall student experience at the institution. In addition, we want to see our students excel inside and outside the classroom and we feel that food is a big component in that success. Furthermore, we would like to continue to drive and support the Glenville State University mission, vision, and strategic plan. We look forward in continuing to strengthen our relationship at Glenville State and continuing to help drive the success of the institution. Our future is very bright and we look forward in celebrating the success of the college over the next 15 years,” said Aramark Collegiate Hospitality District Manager, Brett Ridgway.
“I’m very grateful to our campus Physical Plant employees and the other contractors who have been working tirelessly this summer. They’ve battled supply chain issues and delays to keep these renovations on track so things will be ready for our students. We have a talented, dedicated workforce and I really appreciate them,” said Glenville State University Vice President of Administration, Rita Hedrick-Helmick.