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Franklin County tech center marketing students open a market

November 19, 2007

On Oct. 25, the marketing students at Franklin County (Pa.) Career and Technology Center opened The Loop, a new school store at the center.

The center's electrical and carpentry students constructed The Loop. The frame was built during the summer.

As soon as students arrived for the 2007-08 school year, they were put to work with the goal of getting the store up and running by October.

Once the frame was in place, carpentry students began to brace the structure to the ceiling. They were then responsible for painting the frame and installing a dropped ceiling.

Next, students from the electrical program installed electrical outlets, switches, track lighting and recessed lights.

Carpentry students installed wood panels to give the store a more contemporary look, and completed the doors, floor and trim.

The Loop is open to the public every school day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Loop sells school supplies, home/seasonal decor, greeting cards, gum and mints, and sportswear sent from James Buchanan, Greencastle-Antrim, Chambersburg, Shippensburg, Fannett-Metal and Waynesboro schools.

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Marketing students operate the school store.

In addition to choosing the products, the marketing students calculate prices, provide customer service and practice how to display items. Students chose the name of the store based on the school's address.

Already the store has been a huge success.

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