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Pacific plans include Starbucks in the fall

The new dorm won’t be the only big change on campus next fall if Pacific University meets its goals.

According to Joe Lang, Pacific’s director of media relations, a fully licensed Starbucks will join the Barnes & Noble bookstore, which the university plans to relocate from its current home on Pacific Avenue, in a newly renovated Washburne Hall — also known as the University Center (UC).

Washburne will also offer expanded dining options which will be open to the public, Lang said.

The idea is to make the campus more welcoming not only to students, but to community members too, he said.

“Often people think of private institutions as cordoned off, but not here,” Lang said. “Pacific is a community resource. It isn’t just for the students.”

Not all community members are happy about the plans.

“That sucks,” said Maggie Pike, owner of Maggie’s Buns, on hearing the news.

Pike estimates her restaurant and coffee shop draws 30 to 40 percent of its customers from Pacific University.

“It’ll definitely affect us, for sure,” she said. “It’ll be so much easier for people to stop over there when they have a 15-minute break on campus.”

While the Starbucks and bookstore is a way to draw more community members onto campus, Pike would rather draw more Pacific students into the community.

Jeff King, Forest Grove’s economic development manager, agrees.

“We will strongly oppose that,” he said of the plans to move the bookstore. “It took some work to get it downtown. It is a great example of town-gown working together to integrate with the community.”

Construction on the UC will start this spring, but details of the renovations and additions won’t be available for a couple weeks, Lang said.

Moving the bookstore back to campus would enhance the close-knit atmosphere that keeps students engaged and feeling connected to the university, he said.

“Anything to enhance and improve that student experience and that community feel.”




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