4:13 p.m., Nov. 11, 2009----Monday, Nov. 9, marked the opening of the new Provisions on Demand (P.O.D.) Market on Laird Campus. University of Delaware is one of the first campuses in the country to open this new ARAMARK proprietary concept, offering fresh, healthy and convenient grab 'n go dining options.
Located in the space formerly occupied by the Pencader Fitness Center on the lower level of the Pencader building, P.O.D. Market combines the convenience of a corner store with the style of a modern market, featuring grab 'n go dining options for breakfast, lunch or any time of day, including: breakfast sandwiches, burritos, wraps and salads, as well as natural and organic meal options, fresh produce, coffee selections and traditional essentials found in a convenience store.
“Our research told us students were looking for convenience, variety, quality and value,” said Ryan Boyer, marketing director for Dining Services/ARAMARK. “Based on their input, we were able to customize the P.O.D. Market with items students want.”
Speaking at the opening, Margot Carroll, associate vice president for auxiliary services, said, “It's a concept that meets the demand of students - fresh, healthy convenient grab 'n go dining options.
“There's a lot of variety, convenience and quality -- you'll see the quality when you look at the items,” Carroll said. “There are more vegan and vegetarian options, a whole stand of organic produce and pre-made single serve entrees, which we haven't had before.”
David Tusio, president of the StUDent Government Association, said, “I've always heard students are looking for more options. This is a great thing for the University, the students and the future. The new generation is on a health kick, and this is taking us in the right direction.”
P.O.D. Market is open 8 a.m.-2 a.m., Monday-Friday, and 1 p.m.-1 a.m., Saturday and Sunday. It offers all of the options that were available in the now-closed Christiana Market, including Scoops, and much more. Limited seating adds convenience for students looking to grab a quick meal. The Express 'to-go' meal swipe option was moved into P.O.D. Market from its previous location outside of the Pencader dining room. It will remain available Monday through Thursday, from 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Article by Jerry Rhodes and Erica Cohen
Photos by Ambre Alexander