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The retail store, located at 113 North Jefferson, West Court Square in downtown Magnolia, is the result of a generous gift by Mrs. Bobbie Ruth Webb last July.

The building is 3,400 square feet and has been separated into two areas. The front portion will be a retail space with the back portion dedicated to community education. The community education division is set to open later this fall.

SAU Beyond the Campus is a student-managed career-training center dedicated to providing graduate students enrolled at the University the opportunity to sharpen career-readiness skills while earning a Master of Business Administration degree. By managing the retail store as a team, students will develop the necessary collaborative skills that will provide an edge in the marketplace upon completing their MBAs.

Dr. Trey Berry, president of SAU, said of the enterprise, “SAU is extremely grateful to Mrs. Webb for the gift of the building on the Magnolia Square. Student success at SAU is our Number One priority.  SAU is proud to be part of Magnolia, and we are excited to have an even greater presence downtown. I can think of no better way to provide our students with hands-on experience and employment opportunities while earning their degrees.”

According to Berry, the management team will oversee all aspects of an entrepreneurial retail business, from ordering and pricing merchandise to managing employees. The store will sell SAU merchandise, Magnolia merchandise, and reading books as part of its partnership with Barnes and Noble, the campus bookstore provider.