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New Cox Hall Market scheduled to open fall 2025

Major dining upgrades are on the way for Emory’s Atlanta campus, as Cox Hall Food Court is set for renovations beginning May 14, 2024. 

The Cox Hall Food Court currently serves campus as a high-volume, high-traffic space, providing meals for students, faculty and staff.  

Scheduled to reopen as Cox Hall Market in fall 2025, the project will expand indoor and outdoor seating choices, create a more spacious dining atmosphere and optimize line queuing and customer flow.  

“During peak hours, it can be challenging for students and our campus community guests to navigate dining vendors and checkout lines,” says Chad Sunstein, senior director of Campus Dining. “Once your meal is secured, the seating availability and options that served us well for many years are now dated, lacking in variety and accessibility.”

The renovations will also include modernized food stations with new vendors and returning favorites.

“The project encompasses both interior and exterior upgrades that will move the Cox Hall first floor from a transactional location to a vibrant dining environment where the Emory community can collectively engage and flourish,” says Sunstein.  

A fleet of food options 

During the renovation, Emory will bring a daily collection of mobile food options to campus for lunch and extended dinner hours. Located outside of Cox Hall near Cox Bridge, Asbury Circle and the Emory Student Center (ESC), the food trucks and mobile vendors will offer a variety of new cuisines as well as Cox Hall favorites. 

Dooley Dollars, Eagle Dollars and credit/debit cards will be accepted at the mobile food options. Emory Dining will continue to provide its standard of vegan, vegetarian, Kosher, Halal and gluten-free foods.

“Our plan is to be flexible to the needs of our campus community, increasing food options during peak days,” Sunstein says. “We have also been scaling up services in our other campus locations to support the student body during renovations.” 

At the Dobbs Common Table (DCT), more than 150 additional seats have been added and more seating is coming for other areas of the ESC. In April, Emory Dining will launch a reusable takeout program in the DCT, where students can easily grab food for later.

Just in time for the fall semester, Emory Dining also will expand mobile order options across campus, including utilizing a new self-service technology and enhancing grab-and-go options at the Emporium in the ESC. Meal exchange will continue to be available through the Emporium.

Centering student feedback 

Whether through online feedback mechanisms, sales data or the Zingle texting feedback line (404-382-9218), Emory Dining centers customer input from students and the campus community at the heart of its work. Those insights help guide decisions on everything from hours of operation to furniture options.

On Tuesday, March 26, and Wednesday, March 27, Emory Dining will host an open house at Cox Hall from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. At the open house, patrons can learn more about the project for the new Cox Hall Market. 

Learn more about the Cox Hall Market Project on the Emory Dining site.

Images by Perkins & Will.

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