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P.O.D. offers new options in Tolliver

September 29, 2016

KACIE KAUFMAN
Staff Reporter | kjk019@latech.edu

Provisions on Demand offered students free samples of different products found in the store at its grand opening in Tolliver Hall. Photo by Brian Blakely

Provisions on Demand offered students free samples of different products found in the store at its grand opening in Tolliver Hall. Photo by Brian Blakely

 

 

Flocks of students lined up for a variety of offerings at the grand opening of Provisions On Demand, the refreshed convenience store in Tolliver Hall.

 

The grand opening of POD on Sept. 22 featured tables filled with a selection of free snacks and samples to give students a taste of what the store had available.

 

Jamal Hill, a senior sociology major,  said the opening included a DJ and plenty of giveaways to show the store’s updated offerings.

 

“We’ve got some new things going on,” said Hill, who interned for Aramark, the service that provides food on campus. “We have new products instead of just snacks.”

 

Jessica Pratt, senior district marketing manager for Aramark, said student needs and requests were a key part of determining what would be incorporated in the new store.

 

“We implemented a lot of things that we think students will enjoy,” she said. “They wanted healthier options that they could have, so we implemented fresh produce.”

 

Pratt said other enhancements included greater offerings of grab-and-go options and a larger store. She said these changes were an improvement from the prior store.

 

“I think that it provides flexibility and convenience to not only our residents but our commuters as well,” Pratt said.

 

Tarvarus Shoals, marketing coordinator for Aramark and a Tech alumna, said she recalled changes she wanted to see when she was a student. She said she related her student experience to her work now.

 

“It feels good that I can actually help implement what our students are voicing their concerns about,” she said.

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Shoals said the opening aimed to raise student awareness of the store and provide a preview of the store’s different and modern look.

 

“I planned this event to welcome students back again as well as make sure our presence is known,” Shoals said.

 

Lillian Poe, a sophomore history education major, said the grand opening was well executed and reflected the actual improvements made to Bytes by rebranding it as a POD store.

 

“I really think they’re starting to cater more toward the students, which is really nice,” Poe said.

 

She said POD would be more convenient than the previous store to students and overall, it seemed dining services were making several advancements.

 

“They’re obviously going to keep building on what they have and keep progressing with that,” Poe said. “That’s good to know for students.”

 

Pratt said other new offerings for students in dining would be coming soon.

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