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story.lead_photo.caption A Starbucks We Proudly Serve will replace Java City Coffee on January 2021. SAU and Aramark are looking for ways to reconfigure the space to host convenience items and have better foot traffic for the new coffee location. - Photo by Rhett Gentry

Southern Arkansas University is adding new food options on campus. We Proudly Serve Starbucks (WPS Starbucks), one of the Starbucks Coffee solution platforms, will open a site on the campus of Southern Arkansas University in January 2021. The Seattle-based coffee house will be located in the Reynolds Center at the current site of Java City.

The WPS Starbucks will offer a very similar drink menu to the full store locations and a modified food menu, which will include a variety of hot and cold breakfast, snack and “meal on the go” items. A Provisions on Demand (POD) will be attached to the Starbucks facility and will offer snacks and convenience items.

“We are excited to add this popular brand to our campus to serve both on- and off-campus customers,” said Dr. Trey Berry, SAU president. “We expect to add four full-time and three part-time jobs with the transition to the new brand, which is also exciting for our community.”

The hours of operation for the WPS Starbucks will be Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., closed Saturday and Sunday, but may change based on campus needs and location traffic.

“This project has been in the works for over a year ago,” said Alain Verbeiren, Food Services Director, “Aramark is proud to work with many leading brand partners. After evaluating campus needs and meeting with campus partners, the decision was made to refresh the Java City location to a WPS Starbucks.”

Java City will remain in operation until the end of the current semester when work begins to transition the current site to WPS Starbucks.

Grubhub Mobile Ordering will be available for mobile order/pickup use at Panda Express, Grille Works and Java City, until it is converted, and WPS Starbucks once it opens. Grubhub will be available beginning later this month and accessed through the Grubhub app.

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