Some new chain restaurants are moving into Raider Country. Starbucks, Seattle’s Best, Caribou Coffee, Jamba Juice, Denny’s All-Nighter, Pizza Hut Express and Au Bon Pain Soup will be opening starting when students return to Wright State University this fall and through 2014.
The new eateries come as Wright State University switches its food service provider to Chartwells. The new provider has pledged speedy service and healthy options and said it will bring to campus wraps, Italian dishes, hand-breaded chicken, frozen yogurt, Mexican fare, sub sandwiches and sushi, according to Wright State.
“It’s a complete brand refresh in all of our campus locations,” said Mark M. Polatajko, vice president for business and fiscal affairs and university treasurer, in a news release.
“We are excited about the first and lasting impression this will make with our students when they come back for the fall semester.”
The university also pointed out these changes:
- A new pizza location at the Wright State Nutter Center,
- New meal plans that “will enable students to exchange as many meal swipes on their cards as they wish at any dining location,”
- and New digital signs and displays, a new website (www.dineoncampus.com/wright), social media sites and a smartphone app. Chartwells will also operate iPad nutrition kiosks, an e-commerce convenience store and a gift baskets program.
Wright State chose Chartwells for a 10-year contract out of four companies that made presentations on campus. It replaces Sodexo.
Chartwells guarantees the university will receive $24 million in the 10 years, and an additional $8.2 million to improve facilities, including constructing the new Woods Commons, Polatajko said.