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‘In charge of every aspect’

Campus Closet completely run by students

News Photo by Julie Goldberg Alpena High School senior Cody Peirce folds a piece of clothing at Campus Closet, the school’s school store, on Wednesday.

ALPENA — Running a school store is helping Alpena High School students gain real-world experience.

The store, Campus Closet, offers Wildcat apparel, like sweatshirts, T-shirts, and more, along with lots of different items. The store is open to the public and people can access it through the back entrance at the high school.

The store is completely run by students. They do everything: inventory, stocking shelves, running the cash register, greeting customers at the door, and other tasks.

“We are in charge of every aspect: ordering, organizing, putting things out, folding, keeping track of where we are in sales,” senior Madison Timmreck said. “It’s all students. We do a lot of organizing and planning to make sure things get done on time.”

Timmreck and fellow senior Cody Peirce are co-managers and both say that the store is successful because of all the students working together behind the scenes.

“We make Campus Closet successful because of everyone working in the background,” Timmreck said.

The students are organized in different groups: apparel, beverage, food, and financial analyst. For example, students in the food group order the food and, when that comes in, put into the point-of-sale software system before it can be stocked.

“For financial analyst, we’re doing sales reports for the class, so they know what we need to do and how we’re doing it,” Peirce said.

On Wednesdays and Fridays, the students restock the candy part of the store, since students are able to buy those on those days. They keep an eye on other merchandise daily.

“We keep an eye on our products that are in high-demand, and, if we’re getting low, then we have to restock,” Timmreck said.

The students do all the ordering for that.

Peirce said running the store with other students has helped with his work ethic and the job he has outside of class. Though he just started as a co-manager, he already knows that it’s helping him with his leadership skills.

Timmreck said running the store and being in charge of employees has helped her learn about time management.

“You have to be able to multitask and do your tasks and make sure everyone else is doing their job, too,” she said.

The store is open daily during school hours, but the students open the store some nights for inventory reduction sales. Timmreck said the next sale is during Tuesday’s boys basketball game, from 6 to 8 p.m.

“We’ll have different key sale items,” Timmreck said.

Julie Goldberg can be reached at 989-358-5688 or jgoldberg@thealpenanews.com. Follow her on Twitter @jkgoldberg12.