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Students organize delivery of Hoagie Haven sandwiches

It was worth the long walk, but now you don't have to.

Starting Monday, students will be able to order their favorite Hoagie Haven hoagies without leaving the comfort of their room.

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Josh Greenhill '00 and Tom Johnson '00 have organized delivery from the Haven to students both on and off campus. However, controversy over the delivery service's campus niche surrounds the new business.

According to Johnson, Greenhill came up with the idea to deliver Hoagie Haven food to campus to "capitalize on the popularity" of the establishment.

George Angeletopoulos of Hoagie Haven, who has helped coordinate the project, said student need prompted the creation of the delivery service. He said he expects the response to the new delivery service to be quite large. "We're going to be very busy. The telephone is going to ring constantly," he said.

Johnson said the delivery area will include all on-campus residences, as well as other areas in which students live, such as Olden Street and Prospect Avenue. Deliveries will be made Sunday through Thursday from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and the charge for delivery will be $1.50, Johnson said, adding that item prices are otherwise the same as purchases made at Hoagie Haven.

Johnson explained that Hoagie Haven delivery is private and not part of the Student Agencies system. He acknowledged that the Student Agencies' managers are "not really happy about the idea" of Hoagie Haven delivery to campus.

However, Tiger Food manager Brent Gardner '98 said he is not concerned about the impact of the delivery service on Tiger Food's sales volume. Assistant Director of Student Employment and Undergraduate Financial Aid Tom Bates, one of the staff supervisors of Student Agencies, declined to comment on the situation.

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According to Gardner, the delivery service cannot be established as a campus student agency because it would potentially provide competition for Tiger Food. Each student agency's contract includes a clause preventing it from competing with other agencies, he said.

"Nobody is allowed to operate any sort of business on campus if it's not through student agencies," Gardner said.

Gardner explained that the operation of a business independent of the Student Agency system presents certain obstacles to business management. He estimated that 70 percent of Tiger Food purchases are made using U-store cards, and explained that a business operating outside the student agencies system would not have access to the U-store payment option.

Additionally, Gardner explained that the management of a business on campus is more complex than newcomers may understand. Some anticipated expenses, such as insurance liability, may be very high, he said.

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Angeletopoulos said Hoagie Haven delivered to campus in 1994 and 1995, but that additional demand for food taxed the limits of both the Hoagie Haven workers and equipment. He said the establishment is now better equipped to deal with a greater volume of business.

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