By Lindsay Pytel
Starbucks is officially open on Quinnipiac University’s Mount Carmel campus. Located in the upstairs of the Carl Hanson Student Center, students wait patiently in line...sometimes for over an hour to get their beloved drinks and treats.
Now that Quinnipiac has two well known brands selling coffee, Starbucks and Au Bon Pain, what exactly does that mean for Dunkin' Donuts? The closest Dunkin' Donuts is located near QU’s York Hill campus on Whitney Ave.
A manager from the Whitney Avenue Dunkin' Donuts said he had no comment on the new Starbucks and how it might affect their business.
Students and faculty answered a one-question survey sent out by HQ Press on Facebook and Twitter, asking which coffee shop they’ll go to now that they have another option. Their choices included:
1. I’ll go to Dunkin' because I like it better
2. I’ll go to Starbucks because it’s convenient
3. I’ll go to Starbucks because it’s convenient and I like it better
4. I’ll go to Au Bon Pain
The survey included 35 participants and found that 51.4 percent (18 votes) will go to Starbucks because it’s convenient and they like it better. And even though it’s off campus 22.9 percent (8 votes) will still go to Dunkin' Donuts because they like it better.
The choice with the least amount of votes was for Au Bon Pain. Only 8.6 percent (three votes) of those surveyed said they’d go to Au Bon Pain because they like it better. It was evident at the grand opening of Starbucks on Oct. 4 that more students are interested in the new facility.
The line that is usually the longest in the morning at Quinnipiac University is Au Bon Pain, but maybe not anymore.