If you were away from campus this summer, you may have noticed that the BYU Store is looking pretty different. Somewhat fresher, perhaps. Sure, nothing is where it used to be but there seems to be a new energy to the space.
Over the last couple of months, the BYU Store was renovated to better connect the BYU Store customer to the BYU community as a whole. Mark Clegg, the Director of the BYU Store says when a shopper comes to the BYU Store they will gain a greater appreciation for and commitment to BYU than they felt before.
“We want to connect people to the spirit of the Y,” Clegg said. “Shoppers should be reminded just how fantastic this university is, in EVERY aspect.”
To accomplish this grand goal, Clegg said, the Store has more than just apparel and books, it’s a destination highlighting some of BYU’s greatest achievements in all different fields, including athletic, academic and performing arts.
Additionally, now no matter which entrance brings you into the Store, you will be immediately immersed in the BYU culture and connected to the spirit of the Y. As the Store has relocated almost everything, let’s give you an idea where to find things.
Upper Level: Academic and Learning
This is where you’ll find textbooks, general books, school supplies and Cougar Tech
Main Level: Fan Experience
At the northeast entrance (coming from inside the Wilkinson Student Center and the Cougar Eat) you’ll find the Nike shop. The bigger, sleeker space allows for more BYU Nike products. This area also includes a statue of Cosmo sitting on a bench to welcome BYU fans into the store (also a great photo opportunity).
Next to the Nike shop will be the “Legacy Collection.” This space is still being curated but will include high-end, one-of-a-kind products available for special order. Currently there are artists and other developers in the process of coming up with creative ideas that will work really well in this area.
Lower Level: All Things Religious
This includes religious art from various well known artists; religious books, games, and accessories; and the LDS Distribution Center.
This year the BYU Store is celebrating 110 years of providing convenient access to satisfy the needs of the BYU community. In addition the Store provides jobs for 448 people, including 309 student jobs.
Clegg emphasized the store’s ultimate goal looking forward, “Whenever anybody bumps into the BYU Store they should leave with a deeper appreciation for BYU than prior to bumping into us.”