Students craving convenient energy drinks or glass bottle sodas are in luck this year.
Located to the left of BreakZone, the Squires C-Store opened this past July on the first floor of Squires Student Center.
The new convenience store offers a variety of items ranging from small groceries and drinks, to headache medicine and condoms. The store will also sell the Maroon and Orange effect shirts provided by Student Government Association, along with other Tech-themed clothing and gifts. The store is not dissimilar from the Dietrick General Store in the contents of its inventory, though the C-Store will not sell tobacco products.
Both convenience stores are owned and operated by Virginia Tech Services Inc. (VTS), the organization that also maintains the Volume Two and University Bookstores. According to the store’s Satellite Division Manager, Sarah Buskill, the idea for the Squires store has been in the works for about a year.
“I think they felt that there was a niche for (this) type of store, and the need arose,” said Buskill. “That’s something that we already do on campus with the Dietrick convenience store and the University Bookstore, so we thought the Squires C-Store would be a great addition to that.
The store primarily employs Virginia Tech students, taken either from other VTS locations or hired for the new venue. Buskill says the store is “basically student run at this point.” While the store hasn’t yet been tested against the tide of incoming students, its employees are eager for the future.
“It’s small, but I think we did a good job of putting all the essentials in here,” said Andrew Salisbury, a senior economics major and assistant director of the store.
The store will be open form 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays, and 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends. They accept all major credit cards, personal checks and cash.