On-campus stores raise prices of many items

Timothy Nesser

Staff Writer

With recent price jumps on many items at convenience stores located in the Quads and in Moody Towers, many students may be seeing red, or at the very least, may be seeing less green.

While the Etcetera stores located in the University Center and the UC satellite, along with the Stop N Go across the street from the campus, have kept price levels steady or lower, the Aramark-owned Eats N' Treats convenience stores have increased price on items such as cigarettes and batteries.

"We look at cost structure (and) we look at pricing on an annual basis," said Paul Maloney, food service director of the Eats N' Treat store in Oberholtzer Hall.

"Some of our prices have gone up, and some have gone down," said Maloney.

"I think it's really unfair," said freshman university studies major Farron Edwards. "Everything here is already expensive enough." He added that toiletry items are also too expensive.

"For what we get, it's ridiculous," said junior psychology major Shana Jones. "I think they do that because they know most of us don't have transportation, (and) they take advantage of that fact."

Sophomore biology major Jasmine Burton said, "They (the prices at Eats N' Treats) are ridiculously high. All the prices in general are very high."

The Etcetera stores on campus, run by Barnes & Noble, seem to have stabilized their prices for this year. "There haven't been any price increases," said Lynora Rhoder, the Etcetera store manager for both locations on campus. "Some of the items have gone down in price," she added.

"Some prices were lowered and new things came in," said Esmeralda Flores, a cashier at the Etcetera store in the UC. "We have new drinks and new snacks (this year)."

For students not wanting to pay the prices at the Eats N' Treats stores and who cannot get to the Etcetera stores, Stop N Go is another retail alternative.

"We don't make the prices. They are fixed in the corporate office," said Stop N Go manager Wossen Asmasu. "We have many suppliers that compete and purchase in quantity, which lowers our price and also the consumer's price."

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