ETSU hosts grand opening ceremony for Marketplace cafeteria

Source: Zach Vance, Johnson City Press, September 1, 2016

On Thursday, that request was granted with the grand opening of the reinvigorated Marketplace cafeteria on the third floor of the D.P. Culp University Center. … In April, Sodexo was chosen over Aramark as ETSU’s new food service provider. Sodexo’s bid on the contract included renovations to the dining hall, adjustments to retail operations on campus and extending the dining hall’s hours. … Noland and Shah were joined by Sodexo Vice President Cal Thetford and Marketplace general manager Kelvin Tarukwasha during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the dining hall’s entrance. Aesthetic improvements inside the cafeteria include a larger dining area, an increased number of serving stations and an expansion of seats. Shah said Sodexo made the dining hall appear more welcoming, like a cafe …


Could this be the end of Aramark? ETSU to end contract with food service provider early
Source: David Floyd, Johnson City Press, September 30, 2015

ETSU sent a notification two weeks ago informing Aramark that the university will end its contract with the company in June 2016 rather than June 2019. This prevents the contract from expiring when the school finishes work on a $41 million renovation to the D.P. Culp University Center in the summer of 2019. … Aramark will be eligible to resubmit a bid to the university when the school issues a request for proposals in January 2016. … The termination of the contract provides the university with a degree of flexibility in the planning process, enabling the new food service provider to have input on the kinds of renovations the university will perform to the Culp Center.