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March 24, 2013

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

NORMAN — It comes as no surprise that college students are always using, changing and upgrading to new technology, but the task of purchasing that technology is difficult when the availability of their resources is limited.

According to their website, the OU IT Store sells discounted technology to students, faculty and staff and is also open to the public.

Their store hours run Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and they are closed on the weekends.

These store hours may cause conflict though. Not only for non-students and faculty, but also for those students who are simply too busy during the week and rely on the weekends to run errands.

“It would be more helpful if the IT Store were open Saturday because I normally go shopping on Saturday,” said Zoey Horner.

Brittany Skinner feels the same.

“I usually shop on the weekend,” Skinner said. “I think they should be open on the weekends and maybe close a couple of days during the week. I think that would make more sense.”

Students are not alone in suggesting the IT Store open shop on the weekends.

“I think they’re missing some of the market,” said Rainey Powell, a Merchants Association Board member. “That’s my opinion.”

He expanded on the intentions of the IT Store.

“They’re very focused on the university and university needs so we’d love to see them open on weekends, but they’re not,” Powell said.

The OU IT Store used to be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., said Becky Grant in an email. Grant is the communications manager of OU Information Technology.

“We had very little traffic after 5 p.m. and decided to shorten the hours,” Grant said.

But the conflict of being closed on weekends remains.

“Keeping the store open on weekends incurs additional costs,” Grant said. “Since our proceeds support OU, we want to be careful to only open when there is a need for it.”

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