The bakery cafe adopts an open concept in the corner of the lounge floor
In April 2019, Ritsumeikan Co-op opened a new co-op store, Bakery Cafe PROGRESSO, at the Biwako-Kusatsu Campus. It is located in the corner of the lounge floor where the university office was relocated and developed as a commons in spring 2018.
This is where the co-op store used to be. The university asked if the Ritsumeikan Co-op could manage the store since the commons would be overcrowded with students.
Although the space is not large enough for a large-scale development, we decided to adopt a bakery cafe concept because we can use the meal card system, which has been widely used in the past few years. We can also offer take-out. Since the store originally offered freshly baked bread at uniform prices, it has differentiated its products to include croissants and Danish bread.
It is a stylish store that does not look like a co-op, but as you enter the building, you can smell the sweet aroma of bread baking in the store. Our wish is that Bakery Cafe PROGRESSO can be a place that people can use for a long time.
Halal-recommended products are marked with the “MF (Muslim Friendly)” logo
Next to the cash register, there is a drink corner and a toaster to warm up bread
Pick up bread and go to the cash register
During peak hours, staff at the backyard is busy replenishing products
Bread is baked behind the register, so we can serve freshly baked bread
The sweet smell of baking bread lures people in
During peak hours, customers are asked to help themselves to bags of bread at the table in the center of the store
Soft, warm-colored lighting creates a relaxed image
Products are offered at 100-180 yen per item
Biwako-Kusatsu Campus, Bakery Cafe PROGRESSO
Re-opened in April 2019
Location: Kusatsu City, Shiga
Faculty: College of Economics, College of Sports and Health Science, College of Gastronomy Management, College of Science and Engineering, College of Information Science and Engineering, College of Life Sciences, College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, graduate schools
Campus population: 15,000 people
Bakery Cafe PROGRESSO
Floor space: 60m2 (store + kitchen area)
Average number of users: 200-300 people/day
Hours: 10:00-17:00 on weekdays (closed on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays)