Pittsburgh’s Point Park University has added a fifth potential suitor to serve as the university’s food services provider, adding Chartwells to a list that already includes current provider Aramark, Metz Culinary Management, Culinart Group and Parkhust Dining.
Per a report from The Point Park Globe, representatives from Chartwells met with members of the student body for a one-hour open forum to give students the chance to ask questions, as well as gather feedback before the company submits its proposal to Point Park later this year. Chartwells, a member of Compass Group, reports having partnerships with more than 270 colleges and universities across the U.S.
A similar forum was held in January with the other four potential food service providers. Aramark, along with Metz Culinary Management, Culinart Group and Parkhurst Dining all had representatives at the forum. Point Park’s current provider, Aramark is in the last semester of a long-standing contract with the university that dates back to 2001.
In the forum, Chartwells representatives focused on changes students wanted to see made in the current food service, as well as conducted a brief survey. Per the survey, students in attendance reported wanting meal hour flexibility, healthier dining options, consistent quality and a positive customer service experience.
Chartwells is the fifth company to hear from students in the past two months. Students not present at the meeting can still to participate in the Chartwells survey.
No final decisions regarding a new food service provider have been made.