Following construction delays, the South Campus Market additions to the University of Maryland’s Commons Shop opened Monday after spring break, according to Food Services spokesman Bart Hipple.
The market has a cafe — with Starbucks coffee products and baked goods — and a late-night grill. The grill, which stays open until midnight, serves fries, chicken tenders, and other grilled-type foods.
The South Campus market was originally scheduled to open in the fall semester, but faced delays in collecting parts needed for the grill’s ventilation system, according to Hipple.
The food services aim to eventually create a North Campus Marketplace with a grill and late-night cafe where the North Campus Dining Hall is currently located, Hipple said. However, the opening date for this market is unknown, as food services are prioritizing the opening of the new Yahentamitsi Dining Hall, which is in the North Campus Heritage Community.
“We’re going to find out if it benefits students,” Hipple said. “We certainly hope it’s a service they like and want and use.”
The North Campus dining hall will close after this semester due to Yahentamitsi opening, according to Hipple.
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Adelaide Sudbrink, who lives off-campus, said she thought the closure of the North Campus dining hall was reasonable, particularly given the dilapidated state of the building. The freshman elementary education major says a grill and cafe on North Campus will be new, and students living on North Campus won’t have to walk to the South Campus Market for late dinners. in the night.
“Next year, for people who live on this side of campus, there will be plenty of food and you won’t have to walk that far,” Sudbrink said.
Some students said they had already found convenience in the South Campus market.
Joel Zinkievich, who lives in Queen Anne’s Hall, said the dining halls did not have the most convenient hours for “the average college diet”.
Zinkievich said that in his second year of musical studies, he always had lessons at 8 a.m. The South Campus Market cafe opens at 7:30 a.m., allowing him to eat inexpensively before class.
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Zinkievich, who has been to the South Campus Market a few times, said he preferred the variety of food offered at the South Campus Market over the same menu in the dining halls.
In the evening, he can do his homework late at night after the canteens are closed.
“It’s 11 a.m., you’re hungry and you have two more hours to work,” Zinkievich said. “Well, the dining halls are closed, so you go through South Campus Commons and get a thing of old bay fries.”
Sudbrink said she finds the South Campus Market convenient, especially after going to parties. She finds the South Campus Market overpriced, she said, but liked the coffee and grill options.
“I found Starbucks to be spotless,” Sudbrink said. “My vanilla oat milk latte that I spent $7 on was fantastic.”