Got Swag? NEIU Gets New Spirit Shop!

Pictures inside of NEIU Spirt Shop
Pictures inside of NEIU Spirt Shop
Bader Alwan

NEIU opens a new Spirit Shop on campus on the first day of the Fall 2023 semester: Monday, August 21. The Spirit Shop will sell

NEIU-branded apparel, office supplies, snacks and beverages. Other products include “Dorm Starter” packs that have bed linens, shower curtains and other items for dorm living, according to a statement from Andy Dutil, the Director of the Student Union and Campus.

“We will be actively seeking student input throughout the semester on what types of products should be offered.” Dutil said. “The Spirit Shop will also have regular promotions and specials, including contests and other opportunities for free and discounted merchandise.”

The Spirit Shop will be staffed by students, and will be open during peak times on campus, Monday through Thursday afternoons. Hours may vary for special events.

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“The purpose of the Spirit Shop is to promote, celebrate and represent Northeastern Illinois University and the students, faculty, staff, alumni and supporters that make up the NEIU community,” Dutil told the Independent. “It serves as both a driver of campus spirit and engagement, and as a needed retail resource for our campus.”

Dutil also said, “We hope to work with academic departments to use the retail shop as a working laboratory and case study.”

The Spirit Shop will be located by the entrance to the Student Union, across from the Student Pantry.

The Independent will provide more details on exact opening dates and hours of operation as they become available.

Correction: The Independent was later notified after this article was submitted for print that the official date for the store was pushed back to later in September. August 21 was considered a ‘soft opening’ from several staff members.


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