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ITHACA, N.Y. – On Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 12pm The Cornell Store will officially open on the Ithaca Commons at 102 East State Street.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held with remarks from Mayor Svante Myrick and representatives of the City of Ithaca, The Downtown Ithaca Alliance and Cornell University. The community is invited to attend.

The Cornell Store on The Ithaca Commons features 1,700 square feet of retail space which will include Cornell clothing, gifts, Cornell-produced dairy and food items with additional merchandise coming soon. “We are excited to now be a part of the downtown community and expand our services to local customers, tourists, and visitors,” said Fred Piccirilli, Director of The Cornell Store.

The Cornell Store was founded in 1895 by Cornell students in the Cornell Cooperative Society. In the mid-1940s The Cornell Store became a wholly owned subsidiary of Cornell University. The Cornell Store now operates within Student and Campus Life at Cornell University and is recognized as a leader in collegiate retail.

The Cornell Store serves students, faculty, staff, alumni and visitors through its retail locations in Ithaca, the Cornell medical campus in New York City and its online store.

Jody Marnell, Branch Stores Manager for The Cornell Store, will supervise the new store on the Ithaca Commons.

The Cornell Store on the Ithaca Commons will be open seven days a week. For store hours, During Opening Weekend, June 9-12, 2016, customers will receive 10% off their purchase and a free Big Red Reusable Bag with any purchase.

Cornell University’s presence in downtown Ithaca has grown over the years, most recently to include the Alumni Affairs and Development staff offices located at Seneca Place and the ever growing higher-ed business incubator Rev Ithaca Startup Works.

In late-March, Cornell sponsored a regional conference in downtown Ithaca about town-gown economic development, at which the plan to open a Cornell Store on the Ithaca Commons was announced.

The Cornell Store on the Ithaca Commons will create several new full-time and part-time jobs, and be on the tax rolls, as is the Store’s Shops at Ithaca Mall location.

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