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PHOTOS ISSUE: Highland Coffees

Editor’s Note: As part of our year-in-review photos issue, we’ve gathered the most powerful images from our 2014 editions to look back at the year’s biggest stories.  

By Cody Worsham

Things got heated on campus this fall after the announced closure of campus staple Highland Coffees. Trouble began brewing at the shop (last coffee pun, I swear) when owner Clarke Cadzow announced he would close the long-standing Northgate café after failing to come to terms on a new lease agreement with landlord Hank Saurage of Saurage Rotenberg Realty. Adding to the complications was the fact that Saurage’s family founded and still owns local coffee franchise Community Coffee. A petition which garnered thousands of signatures ensued, as did a movement to save Highland Coffees– appropriately named Save Highland Coffees. It ultimately succeeded, as the public outcry led both parties to reopen negotiations. Students, alumni, Northgate residents, and other locals united to voice their support for Highland Coffees, and in a refreshing turn of fortune, they were heard.

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