The famous green siren is marking its territory.
The Grizzly Cafe, a We Proudly Serve Starbucks franchise, opened to the public in late August after Jazzman’s Cafe closed its doors in May.
Sodexo, the college’s dining service, has launched several We Proudly Serve cafes at campuses across the country. These cafes own the rights to serve a variety of Starbucks drinks, including Frappuccinos, iced coffee and tea.
The abrupt closing of both Jazzman’s and Ben’s Den, the campus convenience store located in the basement of the Napolitan Student Center, left students confused over the summer. A flyer publicizing Ben’s Den’s closing was posted in June outside the campus convenience store entrance, but was removed just days after The Franklin broke the news on Twitter. The flyer had a We Proudly Serve Starbucks logo hinting at “exciting things to come.”
Ken Wray, a longtime Jazzman’s barista who previously worked at Starbucks, said a decrease in sales was a contributing factor to closing the cafe and convenience store.
“The kids weren’t coming in because [Jazzman’s was] not a well-known retailer. We thought Starbucks might do better,” said Wray, who now works at Grizzly Cafe. “I mean, we’ve already tripled our sales.”
Les Petroff, Sodexo’s general manager at the college, declined to share specific sales numbers with The Franklin.
Senior Cassidy Cherry said she was excited to welcome the Starbucks franchise to campus.
“I like Starbucks coffee a lot better,” Cherry said. “I feel like Jazzman’s wasn’t always the best quality, and it was kind of more expensive.”
Drinks at the Grizzly Cafe are more affordable than those sold at a Starbucks chain store.
Sophomore Morgan Leonard said she prefers Starbucks over Jazzman’s but doesn’t like that this location doesn’t accept her Starbucks rewards.
“I use those every time I go to Starbucks and going here is not helping my points or anything,” Leonard said.
The Grizzly Cafe accepts dining dollars, Ben Bucks and Sodexo gift cards.
The cafe offers a variety of Starbucks favorites and Sodexo’s deli-style sandwiches.
The cafe is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.