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March 24, 2013

Some students and businesses would like OU IT Store open on Saturday

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NORMAN —

It seems as though neighboring store owners alike want to see the IT Store open on weekends too.

“If they were open in the evenings we would see a difference, no question,” said Jason Skeel, Cafe Plaid manager. “And if they were open on weekends we would without a doubt see more business.”

Skeel is not only looking out for his business but the surrounding businesses as well.

“A good portion of everyone on Campus Corner rely on other people for business,” Skeel said.

He also said shared business is the intent of Campus Corner, and that if the IT Store were open on weekends, it would give people one more reason to come down.

Barbara Fite, Antique Garden store owner, does not feel as strongly about the issue.

“Yeah I think it would be good for them to be open,” Fite said. “Not a drastic difference, but it would be nice.”

Others feel there would be zero consequences if the IT Store were to open shop on weekends.

“Honestly, I don’t think it would have any effect,” said Andrea Gentix, Lucca store manager.

“That type of thing is typically taken care of during the week, the technology type stuff, and just regularly it being open is not harmful or helpful.”

But while Skeel says the closed business of the OU IT Store on the weekends is simply a detriment to them, the addition of evening hours and weekend availability just might benefit his and other surrounding shops. 

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