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Setting Rural Retailers Up for Success

Rural retailers discuss industry best practices and ideas.

To help small business owners thrive, faculty from the College of Design’s Retail Merchandising Program collaborated with University Extension and community partners to design a series of workshops in Willmar and Kandiyohi County that specifically address the challenges small retailers face.

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Faculty Rethink the Rural Retail Experience

A store in Willmar, MN.

Over the past decade, the retail landscape has changed dramatically. Small town rural retailers are one of the most vulnerable groups in this new environment, which is why faculty from the College of Design’s Retail Merchandising Program are collaborating with University Extension to provide a series of workshops on retail business design for the small retailers in Willmar and Kandiyohi County.

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Retail Assistance Program Connects Students with Rural Retailers

Opening weekend at Berg's Country Barn

This November, Retail Merchandising researchers launched the Joint Retail Assistance Program and invited Amanda Phillips (Retail Merchandising) to act as the lead design student for the first trial run of the program: helping small-business owner Anita Berg create Berg’s Country Barn, a holiday pop-up store.

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