“Topper’s has been in Sudbury for more than 30 years, so it’s well-known and well-liked,” said Laurentian’s director of housing and food services, Benjamin Demianiuk.
“We’re sure it will be a very popular meal choice at the university, and the company also fits well with our objective of providing more local food choices.”
The Toppazzini family opened a bakery in Copper Cliff in 1904, serving the Sudbury market for almost eight decades. Since 1982, when it launched its first pizza restaurant, the family owned company has expanded to 35 corporate and franchise-owned locations across Ontario, with plans for further expansion.
“We are delighted to be opening our first location on a university campus with the Laurentian store,” said Kelly Toppazzini, chair and CEO of Topper’s Pizza. “We think it’s a perfect fit, and we’re proud to be part of the university community.”
The restaurant will be located directly outside the entrance to Laurentian’s Great Hall and will officially open to the university community Aug. 28. It is part of the university’s long-term program to broaden the range of food and beverage options available, while also creating more spaces across campus for gathering, socializing and dining.
The Great Hall will re-open Aug. 29 after a $2-million renovation. The redesigned Great Hall will offer a “marché-style” dining experience under the name Fresh Food Co.
“We’ve consulted widely and we’ve listened to our students, and other members of the Laurentian community,” said vice-president of administration Carol McAulay.
“With the Great Hall redesign, with the addition of a Starbucks and East Bistro in recent years, and now the opening of a Topper’s on campus, we really are providing the spaces and the amenities for an excellent student experience here at Laurentian.”