Exciting changes to enhance shopping and eating and drinking experience on campus
Warwick Retail is delighted to announce the opening of a new café, pop-up bookshop and upgraded tills in Rootes Grocery Store.
‘Aroma’ by the Nero Roasting Company will open on Westwood Campus on Monday 16 September and will serve espresso based coffee and deli-style unwrapped sandwiches which include vegan, gluten free and organic options. Customers can also take advantage of Aroma’s loyalty scheme which offers a free coffee with any food purchase and a 4th free drink.
Premium European coffee house, Caffè Nero, opened at the Sports and Wellness Hub on 5 August and serves espresso based speciality coffee, a premium Deli food range including salads, Italian deli sandwiches and an extensive vegetarian and vegan range.
As Aroma and Caffè Nero both operate their own loyalty schemes, the Eating at Warwick and University Charge cards cannot be used in these outlets. Further details on the Retail website including opening times
Following the closure of the Bookshop on 24 July, the University’s online academic book service and pop-up bookshop is now operated by Blackwell’s, the UK’s largest academic bookseller. Blackwell’s pop-up bookshop will open for five weeks in Warwick Arts Centre from 23 September – 25 October supplying students with all the books they need for term 1. You can find out more about our partnership with Blackwell’s and details of the benefits you can enjoy.
As part of Warwick Retail’s plan to enhance and improve customers’ shopping and experience, Rootes Grocery Store now boasts 15 checkouts, 12 of which are self-service (an increase of 6 self-service tills). The new tills accept debit and credit cards, Contactless, Android and Apple Pay.
Work has also started on a new Pret a Manger outlet coming soon to the centre of campus – more information and an opening date to follow.
Caffè Nero now open
Warwick Retail are delighted to announce that premium European coffee house, Caffè Nero, opened on Monday 5 August at the Sports and Wellness Hub.
The new café will serve a full menu of espresso based speciality coffee as well as Caffe Nero’s brand new premium Deli food range, including salads, Italian deli sandwiches, an extensive vegetarian and vegan range as well as ‘smaller serve’ alcoholic drinks including Prosecco, wine and Peroni. Customers will be able to take advantage of Caffè Nero’s loyalty scheme and rewarded with double stamps if they bring a reusable cup.
As part of Warwick Retail's plans to create a vibrant campus by providing a wide variety of food and drink outlets for staff, students and the wider community, Pret a Manger will open in Rootes Building and Aroma by Nero (part of the Caffè Nero chain) will open on Westwood Campus in the previous café location. Both cafes are due to open later in the summer.
New cafes opening on campus
Over the next few months there are some exciting developments taking place which will see three new cafes opening on central campus, Westwood Campus and the Sports and Wellness Hub. The developments are part of the University’s plans to create a vibrant campus by providing a wide variety of food and drink outlets and have been informed by feedback from staff, students and the wider community.
As part of the developments, both Café Westwood and Costa in Rootes Building will permanently close in order for the new cafes to be built.
Café Westwood will close on Friday 19 July and a new café will open before term one. The existing seating area and microwaves will still be available to use. There will be some construction work taking place for a few weeks but we will endeavour to keep disruption to a minimum. From week commencing 29 July there will be a catering truck selling hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and cakes. For hot food, the nearest café is University House Café, a five minute walk away.
Costa will close on or around Wednesday 24 July. A new food and coffee offer will open in the same location before the start of term one. The nearest cafés are Curiositea and Arts Centre Cafe. Rootes Grocery Store has an in store Costa Express machine and is open seven days a week selling sandwiches, snacks, cold drinks and a drink and breakfast meal deal.
We’re also pleased to announce that Caffe Nero is opening at the Sports and Wellness Hub in August 2019. You will be able to enjoy a range of hot and cold drinks, award-winning Italian coffee, as well as delicious sandwiches, toasties and healthy snacks.
Cafe Bar is moving
Don’t worry – we’re only moving a short walk away! On Friday 22 February Café Bar will be relocating to the unit opposite the Music Centre in the Arts Centre. We’re also changing the name to Arts Centre Café which better reflects the café location.
There may be some work going on throughout the day, so please bear with us. We’ll do our best to keep disruption to a minimum. Kate and the team are really looking forward to welcoming everyone in the new, large capacity cafe.
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