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Better coffee, new location

Starbucks relocates to Heilman Welcome Center
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Daniela Benavides
Starbucks Coffee is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., at the Heilman Welcome Center, which is located on Hoskins Avenue in front of Randsell Chapel.

Starbucks Coffee is proudly serving the Campbellsville community at their new branch inside the new Heilman Welcome Center.

Starbucks’ previous location in Campbellsville University’s Student Commons didn’t provide adequate space, and managers have been working to make improvements. BJ-Atwood, dining services manager, is excited to see this plan of hers finally executed.

“This is my first year as a manager here for Chick-fil-A, Starbucks and Books & Beans, and the only thing I have wanted to achieve was to remodel and get our new Starbucks shop,” Atwood said.

Besides upgraded equipment and tools, the new location allows Starbucks to grow as a business, according to Atwood.

“Our exposure to clients will increase,” she said. “With the previous location, we were limited to customers who were coming from Chick-fil-A, the Bookstore and the Post Office. Now we have a steady flow of new and current students using the building and its many amenities.”

The Heilman Welcome Center features several classrooms, study rooms, various offices, conference rooms, a theater and a student common area.

The new Heilman Welcome Center features several classrooms, study rooms, various offices, conference rooms, a theater and a student common area.

Starbucks is planning for additional improvements and upgrades in the future, Atwood said.

“Our future ideas as a business are to incorporate premium bagel sandwiches, breakfast and lunch dinner bagels,” she said.

With new coffee machines, equipment, space and even food, Starbucks has definitely upgraded, according to employee Yuliana Franco.

“This is my first year working at Starbucks, and it has had a great impact on my experience,” Franco said. “As an international student, working 20 hours a week, opening the store at 6 a.m., and spending most of my daily time there, I needed it to improve.”

The “old” Starbucks didn’t provide the space that workers needed to execute the number of daily orders.

“I think the biggest advantage we are getting as a store is the amount of new equipment, workspace and environment,” Franco said. “It is always good to start from the beginning, but knowing you have been awarded something better due to your hard work.”

Many students go to Starbucks daily to get their favorite beverages. Isabelle Presljic said the Acai Refresher is her drink of choice.

“I love going to Starbucks every day,” she said. “I am pretty sure all the employees know who I am and have my drink ready whenever they see me. It is such a nice place to go get a drink and hang out with your friends, and the quality is great.”

Starbucks Coffee is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., at the Heilman Welcome Center, which is located on Hoskins Avenue in front of Randsell Chapel.

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Daniela Benavides is a senior at Campbellsville University. She was born and raised in Quito, Ecuador, but most recently has lived in Lima, Peru. Benavides started her collegiate career at Waldorf University, a small four-year college in Iowa, after being awarded a soccer scholarship. Looking for better opportunities academically and athletically, Benavides transferred to Campbellsville University in August of 2023.

Benavides is a mass communication major, and is planning on being a sports photographer/videographer or social media manager in the future. She’s currently interning with the Sports Media Information staff as a photographer and videographer.

Benavides is looking forward to graduating and seeing what the future holds for her, as she is currently looking for jobs and optional practical training.

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