The Junction

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junction.jpgFormer Junction location. Now demolished. The rest of the old DC lay unused behind that new teal-colored wall.

Location
Segundo
Hours For Winter 2012
Mon. - Thurs. 9am-12am
Fri. 9am - 10pm
Sat. 2pm - 8pm
Sun. 2pm - 10pm
Hours for Summer 2012
Mon.-Fri. 7am - 8pm
Sat. 6am - 7pm
Sun. 6am - 7pm

The Junction is a convenience store run by Sodexo similar to Trudy's and Crossroads. It used to be located in the old Segundo DC (with a one(?) year exception when it was temporarily housed in a trailer outside). Inside you will find find drinks, snacks, candy, and other convenience store items.

You can pay for items via cash, meal swipes (e.g. one "swipe" for three candy bars), or credit/debit cards. It is not advised to use swipes to pay for purchases because each swipe costs between $5 to $7. (see [WWW]Aggie article). Another unusual thing the junction does is charge sales tax on all commercially packaged food items if you pay via cash/credit/debit. Tax is not charged if you use Aggie Cash or swipes via your reg card. Little known fact, the price shown at the register is not the price you pay if you use Aggie Cash. A 10% discount is added after your card is swiped.

Despite these major complaints, most freshman tend to use most of their remaining meal swipes at the end of a quarter on a soda, energy drink, and junk food binge.

From Monday thru Thursday, the standard time for stopping accepting cash is 15 minutes before closing, with slight variations depending on the employee. However, on Friday-Sunday, there is still quite a lot of variation, with more research required.

Swipes
On a per item basis the first swipe is generally worth three dollars and any subsequent swipes are worth two dollars. Regular candy is $0.89 so you can get three for one swipe, king size candy is $1.39 or two for one swipe. Any items priced $1.50-$2.49 are one swipe the next item price range from $2.59 to $4.99 costs two swipes. An exception to this are $0.99 items which are two for one swipe.
As of the end of Spring Quarter 2012, the Junction will no longer be accepting meal swipes Aggie Cash will still be accepted.

The Junction has moved several times in the 2000s. The original Junction used to be in the original Segundo Dining Commons Building across from the Dining Commons entrance, and it was a really nice place with a large area that featured a pool table and a piano. It was a nice hangout place with televisions and chairs. The actual convenience store part was a very small room that could barely fit a small group of people.

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This place is bullshit. Not only is paying for swipes a rip-off to begin with, but the University then gives the space to Sodexo to rip off students on a larger scale. Why doesn't the university give the building to the students?ArlenAbraham


No problem here, if you don't happen to like it, no need to be a patron. Obviously not enough people care or the policy would have been changed by now. I find this place to be highly useful, and yes, rather expensive. —TR


Does anyone know when they stop accepting cash? Because I've always figured its around 30 minutes before closing time, but it sometimes varies, and then when I didn't have munch money it was a pita.Max Mikalonis


2006-06-09 21:23:12   A swipe costs about $2.50 when you're living ON campus. It costs about $7 if you get a meal plan while you live OFF campus. —WaylandLee


2007-01-17 21:23:53   Calculated by the difference between meal plans for the 2006-2007 on-campus plans, a single swipe is worth about $2.30. Oddly enough, this appears to be constant despite buying a larger/smaller meal plan. —WilliamWilson


2007-01-21 01:30:31   Edit: The first 90 swipes cost ~$8.60 a piece, the second 90 cost ~$2.30 a peice —WilliamWilson


2007-03-11 21:29:54   I bought 4 rolls of film at the segundo junction today. It ruled. —EmilyKleber


2007-05-28 09:36:59   Is taxing comercially packaged food items legal. The fact that they charge sales tax for cash and not reg card is odd. Any legal experts want to weigh in on this? i know no convenience or grocery store in town charges sales tax on a bag of chips, cereal or nuts. Sales tax is only supposed to be charged for food designed to be eaten on the premise ie. prepared sushi/salads/sandwiches (except for a few exceptions like bottled items). —MattHh


2008-01-11 08:06:31   It's not a ripoff if you do the meal... One entree, a drink, cookies, chips for one swipe.... Which is already more than I'd eat at the dining hall anyway. —JenniferGiang


2008-04-20 19:01:26   the swipe system is weird. a full lunch is one swipe, but then again so is a bottle of water. whatever...its nice to have when you have a random chocolate craving late at night. —ASQWIK


2008-10-26 22:30:34   The cash prices for the Junction are probably 2-3 times (or more) what they are in any of the grocery stores around Davis. This is one of the very most expensive ways to get food in Davis, and is not a particularly good value. Ok, it's an absolutely terrible value... There is also a lack of healthy food here. —IDoNotExist


2012-05-11 20:11:39   Most real food items are a terrible ripoff, and all swipe-based prices are even worse, but the Junction is worth checking out for the fact that they have decently affordable, and good, on-campus ice cream sandwiches. Made with actual ice cream and cookies! Shockingly terrific, especially for someone like me who basically avoided the Junction on principle as a freshman. —ThomasReeder


2012-08-05 11:41:09   The candy here is cheaper than most places in town. Currently, a standard sized candy bar is $1.19 which is cheaper than SafeWay ($1.39). The ice cream is an even better deal. They serve Gunther's ice cream for only $1.25! —CharlesRose

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