The University of Oklahoma's Information Technology Department opened its OU IT Store on Norman’s Campus Corner this week in the former home of Harold's flagship store at 329 W. Boyd St.
“Norman's historic Campus Corner, which has long served the OU family and for which many OU alumni and friends have fond memories, is the ideal location for the OU IT Store to serve OU students, faculty and staff,” said OU President David L. Boren.
OU Information Technology first opened a small pilot storefront near Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in August 2008 to complement an established online store.
The OU IT Store's online catalog generated $150,000 in revenue in 2007. Combined, the OU IT Store's virtual and physical locations grossed $1.2 million in 2008 and $5.8 million in 2009.
“We outgrew that location almost immediately,” said Dennis Aebersold, OU Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer. “What we saw was that the OU community was hungry for this type of service, and that the community engagement with technology fostered stronger and more flexible relationships with our technology vendors. We're excited to see how the new location - directly across Boyd Street from OU's Visitor Center - will grow.”
The 5,060 square-foot technology retail store offers computers, software and accessories from brands that include Apple, Dell, HP and Lenovo. The store also features a technology support area and community space for campus meetings, training and demonstrations of the latest technology.
“It is critical that we equip our students, faculty and staff with the technology that will help them achieve their goals, now and in the future,” Aebersold said. “This new space represents one of the finest campus technology stores in the nation. It will aid each member of the OU community in designing his or her technology learning space.”
“It's really exciting to be a part of the Campus Corner community,” said Matt Singleton, whose OU Information Technology External Relations team manages the store. “We have really felt welcomed throughout this process and look forward to growing these relationships in the future. We truly respect what Harold's meant to this community and will do our best to maintain the historic legacy of this space.”
The OU IT Store's community space is available as a meeting space for all OU departments and groups. Contact the OU IT Store at 325-1925 to reserve the space.
The store is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.