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USF Bookstore Café opens

On Friday, the USF Bookstore Café will open for business on the third floor of the USF Bookstore. The café will serve Starbucks products and has wireless Internet so students can go online in the café.

Jeff Mack, director of auxiliary services, said Barnes & Noble, the owners of the USF Bookstore, included the café as part of its proposal to manage the Bookstore last fall. Mack added that although the costs for this café are not finalized yet, Barnes & Noble is paying for the café and the USF Bookstore will operate it.

The USF Bookstore Café is different from the Starbucks in the Tampa Library, Mack said, because it is simply a café that serves Starbucks products, much like the cafés in Barnes & Noble bookstores.

Mack said he thinks students will react well to the café because of the location and the opportunity to have wireless Internet access. Mack added that the café could also be looked at as another place to meet on campus.

“The café is another option for a food and gathering point,” he said.

The café will be open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — the same hours as the Bookstore.

J.P. Walker, a junior, said he does not think USF needs another establishment serving Starbucks.

“There is already a Starbucks on campus, and there is one two minutes away,” he said.

Walker also said the wireless Internet access concept is nothing new because both the Library and the Phyllis P. Marshall Center already have access points.