UTMSU’s new convenience store, The Duck Stop, opened last Monday ahead of its grand opening scheduled for today.
Selling snacks, soft drinks, and canned foods, the store is located adjacent to the Student Centre’s multi-faith room in what used to be the copy centre. The store does not sell lottery tickets or cigarettes.
Francesco Otello-DeLuca, UTMSU’s VP internal, told The Medium in an interview that the store received a “lot of traffic” despite UTMSU not having promoted its soft opening. Instead, UTMSU focused on letting people know about the store’s grand opening on November 9.
“We have [prices] that range from 25 cents all the way to $5.99,” said Otello-DeLuca. “The majority [of items are] between $1.25 and $2.99,” he added, also claiming that the store has lower prices than anywhere else on campus.
“Those are just the prices for now—they may be tweaked a little bit before the grand opening,” said Otello-DeLuca.
The Duck Stop will be operational from noon to midnight. UTMSU is currently hiring three to five people to work in the store. Last week, the Student Centre’s information booth staff managed shifts during the soft launch.
The store is set to open today. The grand opening’s Facebook event page invited students to provide their feedback as to what they would like to see in the store. According to the event page, the store’s grand opening will feature a festival outside the Student Centre at 11:30 a.m. today.