COLUMBIA — Columbia will ultimately get an official Apple retailer — at the least for the College of South Carolina neighborhood.
USC has an settlement with the know-how big to open a retail and repair website on campus that can embody as much as 5 employees members who’re licensed Apple technicians. It would carry the total line of firm merchandise aside from iPhones, and it’ll service all Apple gear, stated Invoice Kirkland, director of the college’s Workplace of Financial Engagement.
The shop can be open to USC college students, employees, college and alumni.
Different Midlands buyers should proceed to journey to firm’s namesake brick-and-mortar areas in Charleston, Greenville, Charlotte and Augusta.
A web based retailer seemingly can be obtainable earlier than the top of this semester. A 1,500-square-foot store on the bottom flooring of the Byrnes Constructing at 901 Sumter St. will open in January when college students return, Kirkland stated.
The shop, known as the iCarolina Tech Hub, will provide Apple merchandise and different manufacturers on the market.
College students will keep dwelling for distant studying after Thanksgiving break.
College students within the college’s Faculty of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Administration will take part within the administration of the shop, for both internship or mission credit score. Their position can be much like the McCutchen Home, the restaurant on the Horseshoe that doubles as a classroom.
USC is barely the second college, after Creighton in Omaha, Neb., to supply such a studying association that permit college students to handle a certified Apple retailer, Kirkland stated. Creighton’s retailer is known as iJay.
The college has been working with Apple for a couple of yr to ascertain the tech retailer and studying setting, he stated.
Columbia graphic designer David Hunt, a USC alumnus, stated he’s glad that the town lastly is getting a certified retailer.
As a result of Apple merchandise are so broadly obtainable, it appears to Hunt that the licensed service would be the largest bonus of the brand new retailer.
“Possibly if it’s profitable it would present Apple that Columbia is worthy of a full-scale retailer,” Hunt stated.