[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]CLARION, Pa. – The fast-food chain Denny’s is expected to open in Gemmell next semester; however construction work has yet to begin.
The well-known restaurant chain will replace Stackers in the new academic year, which currently sells sandwiches, wraps and hot and cold drinks.
Denny’s will accept both Eagle Dollars and flex, and the plan has received positive feedback from students so far, according to senior director of Dining Services at Clarion University Jeff Gauger. He said, “Construction will take several months and we didn’t want to inconvenience our students by closing the area while school is in session.”
“Student surveys indicated that our students wanted a menu that offered breakfast, sandwiches, salads and limited dinner entrees. Chartwells surveyed brand opportunities in the industry that met this menu pattern and would be interested in licensing a Clarion University location. Denny’s was ultimately chosen by both Chartwells and Clarion University as the brand for our location.
Student surveys over the past couple of years have indicated that our students would like a retail concept at the Gemmell Student Center that would offer a more varied menu for late-evening and weekend service. After looking at several national brands, we felt Denny’s had the right menu for this application.”
Gauger also said that Denny’s will complement the other dining services and facilities that Clarion University campus has to offer, including Chartwells’ menu at Eagle Commons, and so these options will not suffer as a result of the new restaurant opening.
Nate Krizon, a sophomore psychology major, shared some thoughts on the proposal, “I think it’s an interesting idea. I think it’s possible that Denny’s will take away from the Commons a bit because it is a name brand. I think the general thought associated with Denny’s is breakfast, and if it’s open all the time then I think it will receive great business. A lot of college students I know sleep in and skip breakfast, so that would fulfil their breakfast needs.”
“As for eating healthier, the Commons does not really promote this because I’d say the majority of the food there is high in calories with unlimited dessert. However, the healthy food is there for students who want to choose that at every restaurant in Gemmell. I think one thing that the Commons/Gemmell could do is list the amount of calories per serving plus serving size, then maybe students may be a little more cautious about picking up that extra donut.”
Sean McDermott, freshman communication major said, “ I think they should bring a Denny’s to campus. It would be good to add variety to places to eat especially if they took flex or Eagle Dollars, but it might take some business away from Commons, but not too much.”
“Campus should promote health more and they should offer more healthy options at Commons. I would eat there sometimes, only on occasion, and I think it would be cool if the plan would go through,” McDermott said.
Paige Newcomb, a freshman digital media communication major, said, “I think it is a great idea because it gives the students something else around campus. I think that there are healthy options, so it is up to the student. I don’t think this will deter people away from Chartwells and Commons if it is successful.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_facebook type=”standard”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_tweetmeme type=”horizontal”][/vc_column][/vc_row]