New coffee shops and food outlets are among £200,000 of improvements to catering facilities at Wrexham Glyndwr University.
Global brands Costa Coffee and Grumpy Mule – a Fairtrade organisation – are to open at the University in the coming months.
Food services company Aramark is creating a fresh look and feel to outlets on the Mold Road campus, as well as redeveloping the Scholars Rest canteen into a vibrant food court focused on offering freshly prepared products at affordable prices.
Costa Coffee will have a presence at the Fellows Cafe and at the Chapters Retail Grab and Go outlet, as well as the University’s Regent Street building, home to the School of Creative Arts.
The Grumpy Mule will replace Cafe Darganfod on Crispin Lane, near Techniquest Glyndwr.
The Uni say Aramark ‘will further enhance the student experience through promotions and value meal deals, using social media and a collaborative approach with the Students’ Union to drive satisfaction and participation as well as investing in a brand new IPOS system to support quick payment methods’.
They will also be supporting the University in encouraging the local community to use the facilities and developing a strategy to improve hospitality on-site.
Lynda Powell, director of operations, said the revamp forms part of a wider overhaul of the University estate.
Plans include new student accommodation, car parking, upgraded academic and research rooms and transfiguration of main buildings.
“We are delighted to have joined forces with Aramark to bring these global brands here to Wrexham Glyndwr University,” said Lynda.
“Working alongside the Students’ Union, we are aiming to improve facilities and enhance the student experience.
“Improvement of our catering provision is just the first step, it’s definitely a case of ‘watch this space’ as there is much more to come as we further develop the campus here in Wrexham.”
Known as Campus 2025, the University’s estates strategy will see significant improvements on-site over the next eight years.
Vice Chancellor, Professor Maria Hinfelaar, added: “Students are at the heart of everything we do, which is why we will continue to strive for better, whether that be through teaching and learning or in working to improve the environment so they have the very best services available.”
Frank Gleeson, MD of Aramark Northern Europe, is looking forward to joining the University and capitalising on the opportunity to work together for the students, staff and community in Wrexham.
“We are extremely pleased to be investing in this site,” said Frank, adding: “It’s a wonderful opportunity for us to expand on our education portfolio and to work with a wonderful team to deliver great customer experience and high-quality food.”
The new-look coffee shops and cafes will be unveiled before the start of the new academic year in September.