Campus Branch of Tully's Coffee Open For Business

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Students and ASUC officials are welcoming the opening of Tully's Coffee on Upper Sproul Plaza today, an addition long in the making and without the controversy of previous attempts to bring corporate chains to campus.

The store, located in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, held its "soft opening" today after first being proposed in April 2008. Its grand opening will be held Oct. 5.

According to Martin Walker, vice president of retail operations for Tully's Coffee, the shop will make an effort to appeal to students by including a computer bar and long hours of operation.

"We really understand this coffee shop is all about the students," Walker said. "We really want to do something the students will welcome and not just be a business."

Under its lease, the shop will be sharing revenues with the ASUC. Nadesan Permaul, director of the ASUC Auxiliary, said this lease agreement is a crucial part of attaining more funds for the campus.

"Student groups are having to feel the pinch," he said. "It's places like Tully's that are making it possible to see additional revenue."

Some students are optimistic about the future of Tully's on campus.

"I see it as a good thing, they are bringing money into campus," said senior Pedro Guevara, an integrative biology major. "We are going through budget cuts and I can only see this as helping with that."

For some students, previous worries about bringing a corporate chain to Sproul seem not to be present with Tully's arrival.

"I don't see it any different as Yougurtland or Jamba Juice being open across the street," said sophomore Jessica Haraga.


Contact Javier Panzar at [email protected]

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