WEDNESDAY, JULY 28
Oklahoma City University is planning to open an upscale resale shop Aug. 16 in a renovated house next to campus at N.W. 23rd Street and Virginia Avenue.
University officials cite several key reasons behind opening the store, which will be called OCU BLUEtique.
“This is much more than a business venture for the university,” said Liz Hedrick, associate vice president of administrative services and one of the store’s planners. “Our goal isn’t to make a lot of money. It will be a place where our students can gain work experience and it will be an outlet for items left behind in the dorms at the end of each semester. It’s also a place where incoming students can purchase items for their homes when they move on or near campus, and where the surrounding community can go to find bargains.”
The store will sell clothing, household items, jewelry, toys, books, sporting goods and small electronic devices. Hedrick said each room of the nine-room building will have a theme according to the category of items on display. Volunteers have been renovating the building throughout the summer. The house has been vacant and deteriorating for several years. Hedrick noted that another advantage of opening the store is that it gave the university motivation to improve a piece of property adjacent to campus.
BLUEtique will be staffed by students, alumni and volunteers. Money raised will go toward student employment scholarships.
The university held a contest in the spring to select the store’s name. BLUEtique references the school’s official color.
The store is requesting donations of items beginning Thursday at the store, which is located at 1933 N.W. 23rd St. To schedule a donation delivery or for more information, call (405) 208-5000 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
See Also: www.okcu.edu/bluetique