Fresh fruit, juices and ethnic hair products bring students alternatives, joy
By GABBY HANSFORD
Grambling State University Media Bureau
Grambling, LA – Grambling State University has a new addition at the Tiger Express. GSU is the only HBCU and the first Louisiana university with the new store.
What was once the empty space in a corner of the of the food court is now home to a Provisions On Demand Market, also known as the P.O.D Market; gives students the access to healthier food alternatives. The store hosted a grand opening on Sept. 17, and the store was busy with new customers, games and more.
“I need coffee in my life,” said Faith Lyons, 17, a freshman. “There should have been a Starbucks but I am happy there is a P.O.D.” Though coffee is a priority, there are other reasons she’s happy with the new store. “Now I don’t have to go all the way to Wal-Mart in Ruston to get cereal.”
Aramark created the P.O.D Market concept with three stores — Brandeis University, University of Tennessee and University of Toledo – and the number of stores has grown to about 350 stores, including 250 on college campuses. Grambling State will be the first university in Louisiana to have established a P.O.D market.
Savon Belton 18, of Monroe, has watched the construction since early in the semester while working in the Tiger Express. He will be working in the P.OD for work study. The hours, which are posted just outside of the glass window, say the P.O.D is open all week. They are open as early as 7am and close as late as 9pm.
With ten refrigerators on the wall, an aisle for hair products and tub of ice that cools a variety of Minutemaid juices, the new store offers quite a variety of products. Students did not hesitate to use the blending bar, “F’Real Milkshakes and More.”
Tiger Express assistant retail manager Melvin Johnston, 27, a 2008 Grambling alum who attended school without such a store, said he’s excited about the new addition. Johnston said he is “looking forward to seeing the students happy.”
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