Mary Ramsey

Starbucks construction closes Thomas Cooper cafe

USC students looking to get their studying done at Thomas Cooper Library will have to work around construction in the coming weeks, but they'll be rewarded next semester with a full service Starbucks.

Graduate student Tyler Jones, who also got his undergraduate degree at USC, expects that students will be pleased with the final result.

"It'll be pretty good, instead of having to walk over to Russell House like I did this morning," he said.

Still, others like fourth-year business student Sarah Robertson are a bit more skeptical about the change. 

"It's sounds good to me, but we also have one right over in Russell," she said. "So I don't really see the point."

"Cooper's Corner," which served a limited menu of Starbucks products, is already closed. In order to work around the construction zone, a temporary cafe has been set up. It offers hot coffee and some food options along with a microwave and toaster. Multiple vending machines that were already in place are also still accessible.

The renovated cafe will open with a "full menu" at the start of the spring semester on Jan. 16, 2018.

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