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Auntie Anne’s Pretzels closes to make way for Au Bon Pain; Starbucks set for renovations

Lipscomb’s Auntie Anne’s Pretzels is no more, paving the way for a new campus dining option.

The famous pretzel chain’s campus location has closed, allowing new dining spot Au Bon Pain to open in the lobby of the Student Activity Center, according to Wolcott Fary, General Manager of Lipscomb Dining Services.

Fary says that in order for Au Bon Pain to open up shop, another on-campus dining location had to close. Auntie Anne’s was chosen because it had not appealed to Lipscomb students as much as the dining office had expected.

Overshadowed by more popular student center offerings such as Chick-fil-A and Starbucks, Auntie Anne’s was not making much of a profit on the few pretzels it sold.

The pretzel stop opened in 2012 and was located in the Bennett Campus Center.

With a menu featuring hot and cold sandwiches, salads, coffee, fresh-baked bread and pastries, smoothies, different kinds of soup and entrees ranging from pasta to Indian dishes, Au Bon Pain’s large selection will make this new addition second only to the dining room for the number of food options.

A health-conscious chain, Au Bon Pain focuses on creating healthy foods from quality ingredients. It posts the ingredients in all of its foods on its website.

The franchise’s second location in Nashville, Au Bon Pain will feature extra seating to accommodate students in a larger SAC lobby.

Au Bon Pain will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Starbucks renovation to begin later in the month

In the meantime, Starbucks is getting a new look with a renovation later this month.

The back wall and counter will be redone with new cubbies and menu boards. The restaurant is also getting new furniture, a new layout and a new color scheme.

Starbucks will be closed from July 18 to 31 and will reopen on August 1. Starbucks products will not be available at other dining locations during this time.

Posted by on July 14, 2014.

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