Chartwells Dining Services at Texas State has announced the Pizza Hut Express in The Den Food Court will be replaced with a Papa John’s in fall 2014.
The addition is another initiative by Chartwells to provide healthier options in dining halls, said Abel Valencia, Chartwells senior marketing manager. Chartwells has officially decided construction for the new Papa John’s will be done over the summer. It will be built in the Pizza Hut Express’ current location and will accept meal trades, dining dollars and Bobcat Bucks.
“It will be the big summer project,” Valencia said. “We need to keep up with our students growing needs, and the trend right now is to be healthy so we will provide those options with this Papa John’s.”
The catering service has added numerous options to all of their dining halls such as the gluten free food available in the Jones Food Court, Valencia said. Papa John’s is the first of possible brands to be added to dining halls throughout campus, he said.
“Chartwells has partnerships with many popular brands,” Valencia said. “Papa John’s being all about fresh and never frozen ingredients really helped with our push to provide not just more choices, but more healthy options.”
Papa John’s is the third largest national pizza brand in the world, said Brannigan Goguen, a Papa John’s manager in San Marcos. The chain has more than 4,000 restaurants internationally and is known for its ongoing commitment to quality, according the Papa John’s website.
“Our dough and our ingredients all come to us fresh,” Goguen said. “That’s what gives it the right flavor and the chewy, crisp crust.”
Kelsey Eidson, psychology freshman, said she is excited about the options being added to dining halls on campus.
“The dining halls are always pretty good about providing us different stuff to eat,” Eidson said. “I’m moving off campus next semester, so this definitely increases my chances of buying a commuter meal plan so I can eat on campus more.”
The Pizza Hut located in LBJ Student Center will stay the same. There will now be two different pizza options on campus, Valencia said.
“Papa John’s hasn’t decided their official meal trade option yet, but it should be sold in individual slices, which will be good to eat when you’re quick and on the go,” Valencia said. “This is different than Pizza Hut.”
Jones Food Court will be renovated this summer and will feature “brand name” food options there as well, Valencia said.
“There is a couple different places we’re thinking about putting in Jones when it’s under construction,” Valencia said. “The Panda Express will stay there for sure, but there’s definitely going to be other changes.”