The campus partners entity is the biggest reason that, as an alum, im starting to loathe my alma mater as an institution (not the sports teams, of course). And it pains me to say that.
They're as stupid as they are greedy. They can't keep any businesses because they skimp on maintenance and inflate their rent prices while not realizing that, since campus population is only at an optimum 7-8 months out of the year, overinflated rent costs will lead to disaster. The bottom line is this: areas around college campuses do NOT attract enough grown and middle-age adults to maintain a constant stream of revenue year round, even in big cities like Columbus. There are fluctuations and prolonged periods of lost revenue when the student population is gone. You simply can't charge too much in rent or the business won't survive.
The gateway, which is their crown jewel on campus (LO f**king L) is a ghost town compared to six years ago, and they're struggling to fill space. The old kildare's/mcfadden's building has been empty for years and it wouldn't shock me if ugly tuna eventually suffers the same fate. Mind you, McFadden's and Finish Line are not mom&pop businesses, and even they couldn't survive a tenantship under CP. The fact that even Eddie George, who is a multi multi millionaire with an MBA who owns multiple restaurants that are backed by a team of investors, left for grandview and basically told the campus partners to go f*** themselves, tells you everything you need to know about them and their practices.
I like gordon gee but ill forever hate the role he played in bringing this monster to life.
When their next high street venture fails (as it is likely to do) i hope that, in a twist of irony, their offices go up in flames, and that everyone working for campus partners is banished to a lifetime of peddling real estate in the most decrepit slums of Brazil.