Retail raves and requests

The campus retail mix is intended to provide students with stores they like and want. Has it succeeded? Most of you say yes. But that doesn’t mean everything is perfect. Several students identified stores they’d still like to see — and a couple of freshmen were surprised when our reporter told them the stores they wanted, like Foot Locker and Burger King, used to be on campus.

Aric Chang, Wharton ’01
“I’d like to see a toy store on campus. Maybe FAO Schwarz.”

Marc Fenichel, College ’03
“My favorite store would have to be Dunkin’ Donuts. Eastern Mountain Sports is pretty cool. We could use a grocery store-type place.”

Minsun Park, College/Wharton ’02
“I like the Urban Outfitters here. I’d like to see Anthropologie — it’s kind of like Urban Outfitters, I’m not sure if they have it on the East Coast. [Hey, Minsun, it’s right in Center City and both stores are run by the same outfit.] I wish there was a better juice place.”

Matt Dawson, Wharton ’01
“I’d say Barnes and Noble’s. I love to read. It’s a good place to look at girls. I’m sure my girlfriend would love to hear that.”

David Barclay, Wharton ’03
“I want a Taco Bell on campus.”

Christy Bennett, Wharton ’03
“The Gap is my favorite store here. And I’d like to see a different shoe store than Steve Madden — something like Foot Locker.”

Chrissy Book, College ’03
“I like University of Cards. An Old Navy would be nice.”

Kate Healy, Nursing ’03
“I bought my cool hat at Urban Outfitters. I wish they had a Pacific Sunwear here ‘cause they have cute T-shirts.”

Emily Power, Nursing ’03
“I like Steve Madden, but Urban Outfitters is probably my favorite. And we need a Burger King on this campus.”

Dolores Pizarro, College ’03
“The Penn Bookstore’s got almost everything you need. But we need a well-stocked deli here with candy so I can make Gummi Bear runs.”

Brady Beale, Veterinary VMD
“Barnes and Noble. I love to study here.”

Alona Flessig, Wharton ’00
“The [Penn] bookstore. There’s a lot of things you can get here.”

Karthit Bezawada, Wharton MBA
“I haven’t seen much else, so I’d have to say this store [the Penn bookstore]. I like the ambiance and the coffee.”

Jonathan Church, College ’00
“The [Penn] bookstore just ’cause I like books.”

—Katie Alex, Grace Enriquez and Laura Spadanuta



Originally published on January 20, 2000