April 09, 2014

Jeanette Grider

University Awards Five-Year Campus Dining Contract to Aramark

Dining hall chef
Diners will enjoy expanded dining location hours and improved meal plans. Photo by Michelle Peltier

Saint Louis University has selected industry leader Aramark as its next provider of campus dining services. The Philadelphia-based company currently serves more than 600 colleges, universities and preparatory schools across the country.

Under the terms of the new agreement, Aramark will manage dining services in the University's residence halls, student centers and numerous retail locations across the SLU campus. Aramark also will oversee catering services. Aramark's five-year contract is set to begin May 23.

The process to select a new vendor for campus dining at SLU began last August and involved numerous campus stakeholders. Student surveys were conducted, and students joined faculty and staff on a committee that reviewed proposals from prospective vendors.

"Throughout the process, we have listened to our students and have been focused on their needs," said Kent Porterfield, vice president for student development. "In selecting Aramark, we have chosen a partner we believe will enhance the campus dining experience for all members of our SLU community."

The agreement with Aramark will lead to a number of campus dining improvements, including:

  • New locations that will feature sustainable, organic and locally grown offerings
  • Starbucks, Panda Express and Einstein Bagels to join current popular favorites Chic-fil-A and Subway on campus
  • Expanded dining hours
  • Improved meal plans and new options for both resident and commuter students

Aramark's proposal also addresses the need to enhance the University's on-campus dining facilities, and the agreement is expected to fund millions of dollars in capital improvements over the next several years.

Aramark replaces the Charlotte, N.C.-based Chartwells, which has been SLU's dining services provider for more than a decade. Under the new agreement, Aramark will interview all current associates who want to continue to work at SLU. Aramark also has committed to hiring students to fill at least 10 percent of its staffing positions during its first year on campus.

SLU's agreement with Aramark calls for a five-year renewal option at the end of the contract period based on performance.

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