This summer, Meredith College assumed full ownership of the Campus Store, previously operated by indiCo.
Store Manager Emily Kelleher, ’17, is excited about bringing the store in house.
“For the past couple years the understanding has been yes, an alumna is managing the store, but there was still a divide since it wasn't being completely operated by the College,” she said. “Now that we're being institutionally run, I think it will help bridge any gaps there were in relationships around campus.”
Meredith is using Square to power the new website and to support online and in-store sales.
"Now that we're using Square as our point of sale system, we have a lot more flexibility with how we process transactions," said Kelleher. "Not only are we able to use the registers to checkout customers, we are also able to use an iPad with a card reader. This will allow us to have pop-ups at different events, as well as another option to checkout customers if both registers are busy."
Kelleher is looking forward to greater collaboration with more groups on campus as a result of the change. As a student, she enjoyed building connections with many different areas on campus. Now, with the new in-house model, she anticipates being able to continue building on those relationships and creating new ones.
“We're currently working on projects with the Honors Program, College Programs, the Office of Student Leadership and Service, as well as a few others,” said Kelleher. “We're very open and willing to work with both student and alumnae groups, and would love to support them in any way we can.”
New offerings from the store include Meredith-branded face coverings, which will be available in the middle of August. Kelleher said they have also added baby, toddler, and youth clothes, which have been requested by both alumnae and Meredith College employees.
To coincide with the return of prospective students visiting campus, the Campus Store is open Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Visitors are asked to observe campus Community Standards and CDC guidelines by wearing a face covering and practicing physically distancing.
Virtual shoppers can visit the store online anytime at shop-meredith.com. Customers can have items shipped right to their home. There is also a pickup option for customers who choose to shop online and pick up in store.