University of Dayton
Size: 990 sq.ft.
Gross Sales/Day: $8,300
Located on the main floor of a 375-bed residence hall, University of Dayton's Emporium has been designed to undergo continual transformations over the course of a day as different foods are merchandised in particular dayparts.
As fresh muffins and bagels sell out in the morning, the merchandiser converts its focus to baked desserts and cereal bars; over the course of a day the salad cold case converts to emphasize refrigerated grab-and-go items; in the morning the deli line specializes in hot, MTO breakfast sandwiches ... at lunchtime becomes a "Secret Shopper" deli ... and at late night a specialty pizza station.
Staffing of the unit includes a floor associate who interacts directly with customers to answer questions and employ suggestive selling techniques. Open weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to midnight (on weekends, 9:00 a.m. to midnight), the Emporium is known for its customized, made-to-order deli menu and out of the ordinary specialties (everything from soup in a bread bowl to--on special occasions--chocolate-dipped potato chips).
Convenience items include an extensive array of fresh, refrigerated and frozen foods; pre-packaged vegetables, salads and subs produced in another location; bulk cereal and retail snacks. This high-volume venue generates $2 million-plus in sales over 33 weeks of operation and serves over 2,000 customer daily. It has become a true destination on the Dayton campus.