Starbucks on its way to Old Main, other food services renovations delayed

The proposed food service area on the second floor of Old Main is expected to house a Triple O’s, an Extreme Pita, Bento Sushi and more, although not for at least another year. (Submitted by TRU)

The proposed food service area on the second floor of Old Main is expected to house a Triple O’s, an Extreme Pita, Bento Sushi and more, although not for at least another year. (TRU/Submitted)

Sean Brady, Contributor Ω

Extensive food services changes at TRU were announced at the end of the 2013 winter semester which included a brand new food court on the second floor of Old Main, the replacement of Old Main Tim Horton’s with a Starbucks and an updated and redesigned Terrace food court.

The food services renovations will start with the Old Main Tim Horton’s being replaced by a Starbucks in September but the remaining renovations won’t happen this year according to TRU.

“I made the decision to leave it as is, and once we finish the last class we’ll have everything done for the following September,” said TRU ancillary services director Glenn Read.

“If these were normal circumstances, you would just go in and do the work, but we don’t live in that kind of scenario. We all exist here for the students, so to disrupt them while they learn is not the most effective way to do it.”

The second floor Old Main food court is to house Triple O’s, Miso, Bento Sushi, Sultan’s, Extreme Pita and Purblendz and is to replace the space’s current offering, Revvup.  The Terrace in the Campus Activity Centre will house the new Urban Kitchen restaurant along with other international food offerings, according to plans released by TRU.

Summer renovation projects have, however, been confined to the Old Main bottom floor. The new food courts in Old Main and the Terrace will not begin until after the 2013-14 school year, based on Read’s assertion.

“We’re waiting on city permits. We were looking at the first week or early second week of September,” Read said, “But it might be delayed another week by the process.”

A floor plan for the lower level of Old Main showing the new Starbucks. (TRU/Submitted)

A floor plan for the lower level of Old Main showing the new Starbucks. (TRU/Submitted)

The new Starbucks in Old Main is also facing delays and may not open on schedule, despite demolition to prepare the site being completed in late July.

General contractor for the Starbucks project, GLS Construction Ltd., said on Aug. 9 that it might not receive the permit from the city to begin construction for another two weeks.

“We haven’t even really started the job. We probably have about five weeks of work to do there,” project coordinator Gaston Landry said.

Editor’s note: A quote in the print version of this story was incorrectly attributed. Quotes in this version are properly attributed. Our apologies for the error.