Coffee, bagel shop opening second location in Mesa State dorm
Bike shop will reopen in retail level of facility
Operators of Main Street Bagels Bakery & Cafe plan for their new location on the Mesa State
College campus to be the premier spot for late-night study sessions and blurry-eyed breakfasts.
The bagel shop plans to open its second store during the first week of August on the ground floor of the new North Avenue residence hall. Retailers will occupy the ground floor of the dormitory, and students will live on the second and third floors starting this fall.
Main Street Bagels owner Mark Smith said his restaurant wasn’t looking for a second storefront when Mesa State President Tim Foster asked him to consider the move. Smith took a tour of the building as a courtesy and ended up loving the location.
“The layout is amazing,” Smith said.
Smith said the Main Street Bagels location at Sixth and Main streets will remain open, and many baked items will be shipped from the Main Street store to the North Avenue location each day. The North Avenue shop will have longer hours than its downtown store, opening early in the morning and closing at midnight, at least to start.
“The kids can have a pajama party in the bagel shop without even leaving the residence hall,”
The Bike Shop, which until last year had a storefront on the site where the residence hall is being built, will lease space in the new building.
“Our shop will be approximately the same size as the old one, but laid out differently,” said Bryan Miick, owner of The Bike Shop.
The North Avenue residence hall, affectionately called “NASH” by college employees, has yet to receive an official name but will open in time for the 2009-10 school year. The hall adds 300 beds to the campus total.
The college has received 270 more housing applications than it had at this time last year, college spokeswoman Dana Nunn said. Thirty-two beds have not been claimed, and 60 more housing applicants have not paid housing deposits at this time.
“There could be 92 open beds (on campus), but there won’t be,” Nunn predicted.
In previous years, the college has housed some students in hotels for the first few weeks of school until enough room could be set aside for every housing applicant in residence halls.
The school has experienced an 11 percent boost in enrollment between the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years.
Nunn said the Saunders Fieldhouse renovation is scheduled for completion in December, although some parts of the building will be open this fall. Some work on the Wubben Hall/Science Center will be complete by fall, while other remodeling projects will take another year.
The Moss Performing Arts Center expansion should be done in July, and the new student center will take until at least December 2010.