New Food Services Provider Brings Starbucks; Proven First-Class Service to GGC

Instead of driving off campus to get their daily fix of Starbucks, students, faculty and staff at Georgia Gwinnett College can now simply stroll into their own GGCity Café for a cup of the world’s most popular coffee.

Updated May 25, 2009: Student housing is scheduled to open in the fall of 2010.

Instead of driving off campus to get their daily fix of Starbucks, students, faculty and staff at Georgia Gwinnett College can now simply stroll into their own GGCity Café for a cup of the world’s most popular coffee.

On Monday, May 12, the entire food services program at GGC was taken over by Sodexo, Inc., one of the world’s leading providers of integrated food and facilities management services.

“Of course, everybody loves the fact that we’re putting a Starbucks in here,” says Larry Morris, GGC’s General Manager for Sodexo. “It’s been well-received. I’ve been talking with students for weeks leading up to the opening because we’re always looking for what kind of food and drinks the students are looking for. We don’t want to just come in here and put concepts into place without soliciting ideas.”

Morris says the students at GGC, and at most campuses, want “grab and go” products they can enjoy on the run. So that’s what Sodexo is serving at the GGCity Café, located in the beautiful, round brick and glass building at the center of campus, known as Building B.

“We have fountain drinks, a multitude of Coca-Cola products, energy drinks, chips, candy bars, crackers, cookies, muffins, bagels and croissants,” Morris says. “We sell pre-made salads and sandwiches, yogurts and fruits, and a sandwich line that includes wraps, panini-style sandwiches and made-to-order sandwiches.” There will also be a changing variety of items each day, like vegetables and grilled burgers.

“We’re excited about the new contract with Sodexo,” says GGC’s Director of Logistical Services Michael Davidson. “It gives us the opportunity to increase our customer service and better meet the needs of our customers by reducing wait times, increasing productivity and offering more variety. Sodexo is changing the way we do business and the way customers place their orders. Now, customers say what they want, pay, and step out of the way. It’s streamlined.”

The Starbucks within GGCity Café replaces the coffee shop which had been operating since the beginning of the academic year. Sodexo signed a one-year contract with GGC, renewable on a yearly basis. Sodexo will run all of GGC’s day-to-day food services operations including creating menus, ordering food, running the Café, serving food and catering.

The Sodexo team will provide dining services for all new food venues opening on the GGC campus including the new food court currently under construction in Building A. Scheduled to open this fall, the food court will feature a Quiznos sub sandwich shop, Pete’s Arena (pizza and pasta) and a yet-to-be-named grille. In addition, Sodexo will provide food services in conjunction with GGC’s new 200-bed residence hall, slated to open in the fall of 2009 and ultimately expand to 2,500 beds.

Sodexo provides food services for hundreds of colleges and universities, including Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University, Georgia State University, Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University and Gordon College. It has 6,000 clients in the U.S., Canada and Mexico and serves 10 million customers daily.

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