The caffeinated drinks and sea salt chocolate chip cookies that many Detroiters run on is coming to Wayne State.
This fall, Avalon International Breads will be opening a café and grab-and-go space in the Mike Ilitch School of Business. It will be a fast-take on the casual atmospheres that existing Avalon locations offer.
“One can just come in, walk straight to the register and not have to wait for preparation time and just have a really high quality, but instant item,” said Patrick McAninch, manager of the downtown Avalon Café and Bakery.
Because the new building will be located away from central campus, the issue of having convenient eating options where most students are present is a topic of conversation.
Anchita Saman, CEO of WSU Student Business Senate, said she thinks it's convenient for students to have options to eat at different places on campus.
The new building will contain approximately 1,000 square feet of retail space, said Nicole Jackson, the associate director of WSU Real Estate and Asset Management. Avalon will utilize 400 square feet of retail space, leaving approximately 600 square feet which will be used to host pop-up shops.
Since the new School of Business building is close to Detroit’s sports arenas, the Avalon inside of it will be a place for students and non-students alike to enjoy the beloved Detroit brand.
“Avalon definitely has an effect on people who live here,” said Sydney Rudd, cashier and barista at the downtown Avalon Café and Bakery.
Reflecting on his time as a WSU student, McAninch said that Avalon was the coffee that kept him, and other classmates, going through many finals. McAninch said having this location on campus is a strengthening and continuation of that long existing relationship.
“The DNA of Avalon and the DNA of Wayne State for the past two decades plus have had a lot in common,” McAninch said.