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Bronco Mall looking for new restaurants

April 7, 2006

KALAMAZOO--McDonald's Restaurant and Little Caesars in the Bronco Mall at Western Michigan University have elected not to renew their leases, and both will close May 1.

With the closings, Subway Sandwiches and Salads will be the lone remaining food vendor in the mall, which is located on the lower level of the Bernhard Center. WMU is already in discussions with several possible replacements for the departing vendors, according to Ted Petropoulos, director of the Bernhard Center.

"We would be very interested in hearing from our students, faculty and staff--especially our students--about what types of food they would like to see available in the Bronco Mall," says Petropoulos. "I'm also gladly accepting recommendations for specific restaurants that students and others would frequent if those vendors were located in the mall."

Little Caesars was the first vendor to open in the new Bronco Mall, in 1988. McDonald's opened in 1991, replacing Big Boy Express, another early mall store. Other businesses in the mall include National City Bank, Bronco Mall Cards and Gifts, Sprint Store, Megee Printing and Campus Trends, a clothing store.

Petropoulos says he expects to have two new food vendors in the mall before the start of fall semester.

Send suggestions to ted.petropoulos@wmich.edu. Through Monday, April 10, suggestions can also be made through the Bernhard Center survey at www.wmich.edu/bernhard/survey.

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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