As campus food gets better, students choose convenience over downtown

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The restaurant industry in Amherst must cater to people like a well-balanced meal.

During the school year, people who live in Amherst only make up a quarter of the population.
The other portion is made up of students.

“I mainly eat on campus. I don’t eat off campus alot. The food here everyday is like top tier,” says Kalju Jake Nekvasil, a sophomore at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
For local businesses, keeping up with college students could be a challenge. They often have to compete with the UMASS dining hall, which is voted number one in the country.

“It’s just easier to go to the dining halls here,” says Kayla Kowalczyk, a sophomore at UMass.

    David Henion is the owner of Henion Bakery, which is right next to Chez Albert.
    Chez Albert is shutting its doors next month.
    It’s the fourth restaurant to do so in just a few months.

“Perhaps the biggest implement or impediment to shopping in Amherst I believe is the parking situation,” says Henion.

“Where you park your car on campus it’s kind of more of a walk there than to actually go to a dining hall,” says Kowalczyk.

A meal plan at UMass is pricey.
It costs more than $2,500 a semester for the most basic plan, but, that’s the price for convenience.

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