School store relocates, expanding inventory and focus

PERU - The school store at Peru High School now has a little more elbow room.

The store, known as "The Lodge," recently reopened in a new and expanded location just footsteps away from its former home, giving the student Entrepreneurs Club the ability to increase what the store has to offer.

"We've been trying to get a bigger location for some time and this year, with some changes being made at the school, we were able to get a bigger spot," said Business Education teacher Mike Zerrahn, who serves as faculty advisor over the store.

The store was moved to the former in-school suspension room over the summer and fall months, said Zerrahn, relocating it from a room that was "not much bigger than a broom closet."

"We had a Dutch door on it, so, at one time, you just waited on students through the door," Zerrahn said of the store's former location. "Then, a few years back, we changed it to make it more of a walk-in store, but it was still just so small."

The new space is four times the size of the old one, which Zerrahn feels will have a direct impact on how successful the store can be and how much the students who run the store can learn.

"Now, instead of just snacks and a couple T-shirts, we have room to sell things like review books, rather than kids having to run out to get one to study for their Social Studies test or their Earth Science test, for example," he said. "It makes it a little more convenient for the students. And, it gives the kids running the store a little bit more experience selling different things."

Through the store, Zerrahn's students, who make up the Entrepreneurs Club, are able to extract what they learn in class and apply it to a working business model.

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