Think Local: K-State Super Store remains open for sports fans, Manhattan community

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The K-State Super Store is currently operating at 25 percent capacity. (Dylan Connell | Collegian Media Group) Photo credit: Dylan Connell

The K-State Super Store has come along way since opening in 1996 and becoming the official retailer for K-State Athletics. The partnership helps place the Super Store’s Wildcat merchandise in stadiums and pop-up shops while also maintaining its primary location at 519 McCall Rd.

The store supports the community with sponsorship opportunities and exposure while operating at the local level thanks to its relationship with the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce.

Store manager Kyra Dreiling said the Super Store’s apparel comes from many suppliers and includes Champion, Coliseum and Nike brands.

The store also gives back to the community by providing a percentage of proceeds to student-athlete programs and supplying discounts for the K-State coupon book.

Kelsie McFadden, senior in secondary education and store associate, said her favorite thing about her job is when new customers walk in.

“Whether it be kids, adults or people from out of town, they notice all of the purple and are in awe,” McFadden said. “I love my college and I love Manhattan, so I love representing K-State through my job.”

After working at K-State Super Store’s main location throughout the summer, McFadden said it’s exciting to see the store get busier with students back in town.

“Game days are insane and crowded,” McFadden said. “This year, we are only at 25 percent capacity, and we have someone watching the door to keep an eye on the number of people in the store. We’re focusing on keeping customers healthy and happy during this time.”

Karly McGuffin, junior in dietetics, said the Super Store caters to the community as well as the school.

“When you walk into the stores, it feels like game day every time,” McGuffin said. “So much school spirit.”

Both pop-up stores at athletic events and the main location are great places to shop, McGuffin said. She said supporting the community, school and small businesses is super important.

“Coming from a small town, I understand this is what makes communities thrive,” McGuffin said.

Dreiling said the store adjusted hours and policies due to the pandemic. Creating a cautious environment for shoppers is the store’s main concern these days, she said.

“We want to provide a safe experience for K-State fans,” Dreiling said.

45 people are allowed in the store at one time, including employees.

The K-State Super Store is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

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