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Catty Shack reopens with new line system after closure due to popularity

The store implemented more check-out registers and limits to the number of students who can visit the store during seminar
By Elizabeth Summa
Students wait in two lines to order at the Catty Shack Monday, Oct. 9.

Two days after opening for the year, the Catty Shack abruptly closed after the store and employees had trouble dealing the large numbers of students in line to buy food and drinks. The closure was announced in an Instagram post on Sept. 20 saying, “Unfortunately the Catty Shack will be closed until further notice for improvements.”

Catty Shack advisor and business teacher Brian Kirkpatrick said the popularity of the Catty Shack when it first opened lead to issues. With only one  register to check out students, the wait for purchasing lasted 15 minutes for some students, and many students eventually left the line without purchasing anything.

“Our line was really long and it was taking students away from seminar for too long,” Kirkpatrick said. “So that turned into an issue that we identified that we wanted to fix sooner rather than later.”

According to Kirkpatrick, many changes were made during this window of closure.

Senior Kynley Verdict checks out freshman Charlie McCall with the Catty Shacks test run Monday, Oct. 2. (By Elizabeth Summa)

“We have added an additional checkout register, so we’re going to be able to serve multiple customers at the same time,” Kirkpatrick said. “We’re going to have two different lines. One of which will be for card only and the other one will be for cash or card. So that will give a lot of different options for students to be in line to get what they need and get back to seminar as quickly as possible.”

From Oct. 2 to Oct 6 the Catty Shack did test runs to see if the new system would help. Catty Shack president senior Kynley Verdict has been overseeing these test trials,

“The test trials have been very good because they allowed us to see the strengths and weaknesses of each layout and plan,” Verdict said.

Senior Ella Hansen went on opening day and returned to test out the new changes during the trial days.

“Today, [first test trial,] went by a lot faster, but the opening day was pretty slow,” Hansen said.

The officially reopened Monday, Oct. 9 with some new rules in place, including sending just one student at a time from seminar and not sending another student until the other has returned.

Verdict also gave this advice to students.

“The students should have an idea of what they want before coming to the Catty Shack which they can find by following our Instagram.” Verdict said.

For students who don’t have Instagram, the menus can also be found on the posted whiteboards outside the Catty Shack. They also asked that students order quickly and have payment ready.

By MVTV reporter Will Schieber
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Evan LeRoy, JagWire reporter/photographer
This is sophomore Evan LeRoy’s first year on the JagWire staff. Evan is a reporter for both the newspaper staff and for the broadcast staff. Outside of school Evan likes to perform, take walks and spend time preparing for his next performance. Evan is excited to learn all the skills he will need to do both print and video journalism. Evan is excited to be a part of both groups and is excited to tell all the important stories the people of Mill Valley need to know.
Elizabeth Summa, JagWire reporter/photographer
This is senior Elizabeth Summa’s third year on the JagWire staff and she will be taking the role of being a photographer. Outside of journalism, Elizabeth spends her time shopping, listening to music and watching sports. Her favorite team to watch is Sporting Kansas City.

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