VCU Business services unveiled a newly redesigned Starbucks in the Cabell Library on Friday and it’s bigger — or grande, in coffee size parlance.
The freshly renovated Starbucks is now more than double in size, going from 1,200 square feet to 3,400 square feet. The coffee shop has capacity for a larger service line and can seat 120 guests.
The Starbucks is also expected to decrease wait times with three espresso machines and three blenders.
VCU students so far enjoy the new design of the Starbucks.
“Its nice, a lot better than the last one,” said sophomore biology major Colleen Quick.
Quick said she went to the grand opening on Friday, and came back again Saturday. She said the new Starbucks is cleaner and bigger than the old Starbucks.
“I prefer open windows and natural light,” Quick said. “It’s more open, there is a lot more room, it’s not as packed.”
Sophomore painting and printmaking major Anthony Sudol said the new environment detracts from the library atmosphere.
“Its nice, its airy and open, it feels less like the library,” Sudol said. “I like that it’s more open, and like I said it’s more airy, and it feels like you can spread out and have more space.”
Senior photography major James Quinlan said the new space helped him work.
“So far, I like the atmosphere, the lighting is nice, it seems like a good place to work which is why I am here,” Quinlan said.
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