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Supe Store, Starbucks to Open New UA Location Friday

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — A retail space combining a new University of Alabama Supply Store and a Starbucks Coffee Co. featuring drive-thru service opens Friday, July 22.

The two-story, 26,000-square-foot space at 807 Bryant Drive between Tutwiler Hall and Eighth Avenue opens at 7 a.m.

This branch of the University of Supply Store, or Supe Store, is a full-service location featuring UA merchandise, textbooks, general books and course supplies. The Starbucks, the second on UA’s campus, features a new brewing system known as Clover, which offers limited-time, exclusive coffees using this “reverse press” system.

The new Supe Store’s main level features Bama apparel, accessories, souvenirs, cards and gifts as well as such convenience items as drinks and snacks. It also includes a Trunk Show boutique with Gameday fashion and accessories. The second floor features course materials, school and office supplies and technology accessories.

This is the first licensed Starbucks store for colleges and universities featuring both the Clover system and a drive-thru, operators said. On the dining side, the second floor seating area has a capacity of 36-guests.

The Supe Store’s location in UA’s Ferguson Center remains open while the branch location in Tutwiler Hall recently closed with plans for the new location’s opening.

Parking is available along the east and west sides of the building and the eastern side of Tutwiler.

During the first week of operation, the Supe Store has special hours, as follows:  July 22 – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; July 23-24 — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and July 25-July 29 — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Starbucks’ initial hours will be 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Sunday.

Regular hours for the Supe Store begin Monday, Aug. 1. Those are: Mondays-Fridays 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturdays – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A grand opening celebration kicks off  Thursday, Sept. 8, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. Additional promotional opportunities will be from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9,  and again Saturday, Sept. 10.

The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is experiencing significant growth in both enrollment and academic quality. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.

  • CONTACT: Chris Bryant, UA media relations, 205/348-8323; LaShana Sorrell, marketing manager, Bama Dining De Falco District, 205/348-5698,