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Plans for a NCHS coffee shop delayed until October

Jake Pfeiffer
The space once occupied by Central’s school store is set to be occupied by the coffee shop after its installation. The space is located near door 7, in the corner of Central’s cafeteria.

Naperville Central was supposed to have its own coffee shop to start the school year, but after District 203 switched food service providers in July, the installation of the shop has been delayed while OrganicLife “gets settled.”

For much of last year, Principal Jackie Thornton had led the development and finalization of plans for a coffee shop at Naperville Central. But when OrganicLife was named the new food provider for the district, those plans needed to be modified.

“I think OrganicLife is wonderful,” Thornton said. “But I was very disappointed when Aramark didn’t get the contract because I knew that meant that the coffee shop was going to be delayed.”

The delay isn’t permanent, and Thornton is set to discuss new plans with OrganicLife in mid-October.

“I’m not giving up,” Thornton said. “OrganicLife [has] assured me that the coffee shop is going to happen.”

OrganicLife did not respond to a request for comment.

As for changes to the original plans, the shift is bigger than just replacing ‘Aramark’ with ‘OrganicLife.’ On top of the design changes, the original plan included students working at the shop, whereas the new one will be managed by OrganicLife.

“One of the most important parts to me in this was the partnership with our special education department and offering vocational opportunities for students who need them,” Thornton told the Central Times in May. “We had that plan worked out with Aramark and we have to start over with OrganicLife.”

The coffee shop was expected to be a welcome change for the estimated 72% of Central students and staff who drink coffee, at a weekly cost of $34,221. Those numbers are based on a CT survey of 364 respondents from late April.

“I was excited because it would have been easier for me to get coffee and not have to worry about trying to get something from Dunkin or Starbucks on the way to school,” senior Maeve Shamo said. “[The delay] is unfortunate, because it would have been nice to have a beginning-of-the-year coffee shop.”

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C.J. Getting, News Editor
C.J. is a junior entering his third year on Staff for the Central Times. He’s always loved writing news, and is excited to work as the News Editor this year. When he’s not writing for CT, C.J. can be found captaining the Debate Team or helping out SAC or JSA. He also desperately needs to detox from volunteering. After graduation, C.J. hopes to major in Political Science and spend too much money on Law School someday.
Jake Pfeiffer, Editor-in-Chief
Jake Pfeiffer is a senior, entering his third year on the Central Times staff, this time as Editor-in-Chief. Jake joined CT as a sophomore because he wanted to write news, but since then he has grown to love just about every element of journalism. While it is rare to see Jake anywhere other than the CT office, occasionally you can find him captaining Central’s debate team, watching baseball, listening to a seemingly endless amount of podcasts or drowning in college applications.

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