Food service in SUB slated for rejuvenation

UBC Food Services is in the process of preparing a Request for Proposal for the
space presently occupied by the 950-seat Pacific Spirit Place cafeteria and the
commissary in the Student Union Building (SUB).

“The re-establishment of some form of food service in the space is our first
objective,” said Food Services Acting Director Judy Vaz.

“The results of our market research confirm what we hear from the campus
community in general. There is a need for a food facility of that size on

Exactly what form a new food service would take has yet to be determined, she
said, adding that numerous groups have expressed interest in the space.

“We’ll be establishing a steering committee to set parameters and review
proposals for future use of the space in SUB and to prepare a detailed
strategy,” Vaz said.

When these initiatives were announced last summer, Frank Eastham, associate
vice-president, Human Resources, said the decision followed extensive
deliberation, study and consultation.

“It became clear to us that we need to focus on re-invigorating service in key
areas of our food operations. It was also clear that in order to achieve that
goal we had to rethink our activities in areas of significant continuing loss
with no credible opportunity of a turnaround,” Eastham said.