Computer Store moving to new, high-traffic location
After 13 years tucked into cramped quarters off the hallway connecting Place Riel to Marquis Hall, the Campus Computer Store will move by early June into new larger space at the University’s highest-traffic spot.
Manager Mark Jagoe says the store will move into the 800-square-foot retail space recently vacated by the U of S Students’ Union’s Copy Central operation, across from the Centre Shop.
Jagoe says the move will double the Computer Store’s space, giving staff a better working environment and allowing for more display and inventory of products for campus customers. The old store and office space will be retained for storage.
“We’ll be able to carry and demonstrate more products, and provide a better shopping experience.” By keeping more computers in stock, he says the store will be more responsive to the needs of its U of S customers.
Renovations will be carried out in the new space by the end of May to create an open and inviting store area with display stands for the expanding range of Computer Store products, including Apple iPods, digital cameras and cell phones.
Jagoe notes that until 1992, two private companies – MicroAge and Computerland – had stores in the Education Building. Then the Information Technology Services (ITS) Division decided to operate a store, “to lower the cost of computing and increase support” for campus.
The store began in 1992 with three staff. Now it has 14, and Jagoe says the volume of business keeps increasing. He notes it recently extended its service to U of S alumni, and it has merged its service with ITS Tech Services, to offer a seamless service to campus customers.
Jagoe says the staff are looking forward to the opportunities the bigger new space will offer.
“Everybody is excited about this. We’ve been waiting a long time” for a move.