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March 21 , 2006
CONTACT: Ward Mullens
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Regents authorize negotiations with three food vendors for new EMU Student Center

YPSILANTI — Eastern Michigan University’s Board of Regents have authorized the administration to negotiate with Wendy’s, Subway and Panda Express to be food vendors in the new EMU Student Center.

“We listened to the students and tried to give the campus as much variety as possible,” said Glenna Frank Miller, director of McKenny Union and the new student center. “Our selection committee made sure that all of the vendors offered quality fare, service and healthy choices.”

Subway was the number one choice of EMU students in surveys - conducted in October 2003 and September 2005 - to determine a campus preference for the new student center. Subway has 24,620 locations in 82 countries and is the largest quick-serve restaurant in North America. The Student Center location will be operated by a local vendor.

 Wendy’s is owned by Stanton and Associates, which operates 61 Wendy’s restaurants and two Tim Horton’s restaurants. Stanton and Associates operate 13 stores in Washtenaw County.

Panda Express provides Chinese food and has 750 locations in 37 states, including many university campuses.

Each lease is for a five-year term with an option to renew for an additional five years. Each vendor will pay to build out its own area and the lease provides for the annual rental payment to be a guaranteed minimum/plus a percentage of annual gross sales.

The EMU Student Center is expected to open in November 2006. Once leases are negotiated and approved, work on the vendor areas could begin as early as mid-July 2006. The negotiated leases will be brought back to the board for final approval at the June 2006 meeting.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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