Leon Williams Contractors Helps Food Markets Evolve into P.O.D.s at the University of Tennessee


At Leon Williams Contractors we pride ourselves in staying on the leading edge of commercial construction trends. We have recently been part of a growing trend called “Provisions On Demand” or P.O.D, through our partnership with ARAMARK, a leading provider of services to colleges and universities worldwide.

You may have already taken advantage of this trend without knowing it. Provision on Demand’s convenient marketplace-style “mini-stores” replace old-school candy bar and snack food vending areas on campuses with state-of-the-art fresh foods and prepared foods, on demand.

The P.O.D marketplaces provide grab ‘n go dining options for breakfast, lunch or any time of day, including:  freshly-prepared breakfast sandwiches, burritos, wraps, sushi and salads, as well as fresh produce, bakery and coffee selections and traditional essentials found in a convenience store. Other options available are tailored to each campus, including vegan and gluten-free menu choices.

The concept began testing in 2008 on three U.S. campuses; Brandeis University (MA), University of Tennessee and The University of Toledo. The quick dining model took off and currently P.O.D marketplaces have been built in 50 locations with more to come soon.

Leon Williams Contractors built several P.O.D marketplaces locally at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and Chattanooga – in one case converting an existing classroom into a convenience store with grab ‘n go options along with fresh food, sushi and McAllister’s tea. At the UT Knoxville campus, we built a P.O.D marketplace in the Hodges Library next to the Starbucks, and built a similar P.O.D. store at UT’s Chattanooga campus.

The P.O.D. markets are also adaptable to a variety of campus locations due to the modular design elements used, allowing the construction to fit in with the existing building and location’s structural needs, while still providing students with a trendy yet comfortable feeling. Students have been overwhelmingly positive about this concept.






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