C-store: From yuck to yum

Long lines stretching around every end of the C-store are a common occurrence at the late night hot spot for residential students. It’s where people can be found buying anything from a late night snack to laundry detergent.

But, it hasn’t always been this way.

The campus store, or what most students refer to as the “C-Store,” is located in Norse Commons and has seen a lot of changes over the years.

According to Ed Devoid, senior director of dining services, the C-store used to be a place for residential students to eat with limited menu choices and business hours–6 p.m. to midnight.

The C-Store is now a restaraunt with a much wider range of grocery choices for students to choose from.

Devoid said that they wanted to make everything more efficient for students.

New additions range from a freezer to new food on the menu. Arvan added that it is “110 times better.”

With that change came a high influx of students coming into the C-store in spurts from noon to midnight.

The busiest time is usually between 6 and 9:30 p.m. The slowest time is usually right before that, at 5:30 p.m, Arvan said.

Both Devoid and Arvan agree that the biggest seller on the menu is the quesadillas, adding that they “sell those like crazy.”

However, business picks up even more at the end of the semester, when students have left over flex dollars. Arvan noted that one student spent about $300 in one trip with left over meal plans and flex alone.

Devoid noted that the cameras in the C-store are not due to a theft problem, it’s to prevent any such problems. Though the employees have their backs to students for most of the time, the cameras allow them to see everyone.

As for the future of the C-store, Devoid said he would like to utilize the lobby area outside of it.

“The ideal situation is to put in pub tables and some bar stools,” Arvan said. However, no bar will be located in the commons. She added that she would also like to add a juice fountain and more menu items.

The long lines at night have always happened, Devoid said. He added, however, that he wants the C-store to be more efficient, possibly by adding another cashier.

Arvan offers this advice to avoid the long lines: “Know when the rush is, be prepared and know what you want.”