Babcock Oaks is now home to one of the latest trends in culinary retail: a micro-market called Avenue C.
Sophomore Margo McClintic and fellow business administration major Thomas Haynie, a junior, spearheaded the student-led effort to establish food service in the home of Florida Tech’s Nathan Bisk College of Business. The project was part of Tim Muth’s Foundations in Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship class.
“It’s nice as a student to see the change you’ve made,” Haynie said.
Featuring a Starbucks coffee machine that grinds beans for each cup, as well as fruit and energy bars, a refrigerator case with salads, burgers, wraps and sandwiches, and shelves heavy with snack-worthy treats and a variety of beverages, the self-service outlet is one of eight micro-markets operated by the private company Canteen in Brevard County, said Chris Barnum, a Canteen customer service manager whose district runs from Merritt Island to Jupiter.
Purchases are made via credit card or cash, though no change is given. Cash remaining from a purchase is routed into a user’s Avenue C account, which can then be accessed via fingerprint identification. Panther ID cards are not yet accepted, though they will be in the future.