Boca campus Starbucks closed for renovations

The Breezeway-based location will remain closed until late August


Emily Bloch | Senior Editor

Emily Bloch, Senior Editor

Java junkies at Florida Atlantic have one less option this summer to get their fix.

The Boca Raton campus Starbucks closed on Thursday, June 30 and will remain that way until August 22.

The closure is due to renovations and comes at the start of the school’s summer term three.

Some students, like women’s basketball player Julie Fournier, are already feeling the void. “We have workouts from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. so it’ll be hard to stay awake without my Starbucks for my 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. classes,” the sophomore psychology major said.

Others, like sophomore neuroscience major Astrid Camero, are willing to cope. “I think it might be worth the wait if renovations improve customer service or overall aesthetics,” she said. “On the downside, no coffee for a month or two.”

Camero told the UP she goes to Starbucks almost every week. “I usually drink the caramel Frappuccino.”

Emily Bloch | Senior Editor
Emily Bloch | Senior Editor

The work at Starbucks is separate from the school’s Breezeway renovations, which began on June 20 and includes concrete repairs, roof replacement, restroom refurbishment and new lighting, according to the school’s website. Breezeway renovations are expected to be completed in October of 2017.

Meanwhile, the Starbucks renovations will include “new products, new seating, new countertops, new floors [and] new tiled walls,”  said Tiffany Wade, the director of operations at FAU’s Chartwells — the company in charge of food campus wide. “You can expect a whole new look.”

Some students, like Krystal Thalia, said the closure will encourage home coffee brewing. “It’ll force students to save money,” she said. But Madison Calloway, a mechanical engineering major, is missing the school location already. “No more green tea lemonade,” she said. “[It’s] probably for the better, that stuff is like expression for me.”

While you can’t get your Starbucks fix, other campus coffee options remain open. Here’s what you need to know:

Coffee on Campus

In lieu of Starbucks, here are the remaining coffee options on campus while renovations take place.

Dunkin’ Donuts

Where: S.E. Wimberly Library

When: Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Where: Student Union

When: Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday – Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Where: College of Business

When: Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Einstein Bros. Bagels

Where: Food Court (on the Breezeway across from Starbucks)

When: Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Where: Stadium

When: Monday – Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“But I need Starbucks”

If you can’t deal with a fake Frappuccino, here are the closest Starbucks locations to FAU’s Boca Raton campus:

  • University Commons – Barnes and Noble

    1100-1198 Glades Road (.06 miles away)

  • Town Center

    5250 Town Center Circle (1.4 miles away)

  • Glades Road Strip

    2200 W Glades Road, Ste 102 (1.5 miles away)

  • Yamato Road (by Tri-Rail Boca Raton station)

    698 Yamato Road (1.5 miles away)

Emily Bloch is the editor in chief of the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected] or tweet her @emdrums.