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March 12, 2012

School store reopens

by Janvi Raichura, Online News Editor
Last week, Blair's school store reopened after previously shutting down due to a lack of funding. The store is run exclusively by students in the Blair Entrepreneurship Academy who are completing capstone projects or internships. The store sells various snacks and drinks and is open every White Day during both lunch periods.

Students work the counter of the school store during lunch. Emma Lansworth
Students work the counter of the school store during lunch.
Blair's previous principal, Darryl Williams, shut down the store due to large profit losses, but approved the store's reopening before he resigned last June. Business teacher Kevin Murley is overseeing the store and hopes to turn a profit from its reestablishment. Both Murley and students in the Entrepreneurship Academy conducted research regarding pricing before reopening the store to prevent overall losses.

This year, Murley's goal is to reopen the store and organize it for future development. The students created systems to monitor cash management and inventory to improve overall sales. Although the store currently only sells snacks and drinks, Murley hopes to expand the inventory to include school supplies and t-shirts. In terms of food, Murley also hopes to purchase a popcorn machine. "The idea is to begin to fund our operation and we're going to consider a variety of other things when we really go at this next year," Murley said.

Junior Scott Boyd, an Entrepreneurship student, is using the school store as his capstone project for the Academy. He believes that the store will give him an enjoyable and beneficial hands-on experience. "It's a hands-on experience and the fact that the kids working there have to make legitimate business decisions makes it fun," Boyd said.

According to Boyd, a lot of students are not aware that Blair even has a school store due to a lack of advertising. However he doesn't see this as a major issue, considering the store has only been open for a week. "Over time we're positive that more people will learn about it and come to shop," he said.



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  • Rachel on March 13, 2012 at 12:17 PM
    i think the store will sell sodas cheaper than the veding machines!
  • Senior on March 16, 2012 at 12:17 PM
    Back in the day, the store used to have racks of Blazer clothing, school supplies, and anything Blair! Even coming to Blair from Takoma (TPMS), I was suprised (in a bad way) to see the meagerly-stocked store. (Takoma's store was packed full and was even the subject of a beautiful tile mosaic.) I'm sorry to have witnessed the store's decline in the recent economy but will be eager to hear of its future success.
  • alumnae3 on March 20, 2012 at 5:32 PM
    School stores used to sell pizza after school. I'd get a slice on the way to the bus. It doesnt do that anymore?

    I agree w 'senior' that school store needs to again sell blazer shirts, hats, shorts, pencils, pens, erasers, usb drives.
  • Blair Wear?! on April 1, 2012 at 9:54 PM
    I really wish they would sell more Blair Wear. I really REALLY want sweatpants with pockets that say BLAIR or BLAZERS omggg. That's all I want in life... Jkay, but seriously, what happened with all the Blair merch?
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