Two months after outsourcing the student bookstore, Glendale Community College officials are turning their attention to another money-losing operation on campus — the cafeteria.
During a presentation to college trustees on Monday, Ron Nakasone, vice president of administrative services, said sales at the Glendale Community College cafeteria are on a steady decline. In the 2004-05, the operation was making nearly $1.2 million, he said. Last year, that figure was down to $778,000.
Meanwhile, the college has increased its financial support in order to keep the cafeteria in the black, Nakasone said. In 2004-05, the college picked up $80,000 in cafeteria costs, while in 2010-11 that figure grew to $221,000.
Nakasone attributed the financial instability of the cafeteria to the recession, increased competition and the high cost of staff salaries and benefits. He also said the elimination of the winter session and the second summer session has resulted in less foot traffic and lower sales.