University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Students of Retailing Excellence

The Students of Retailing Excellence (STORE) is focused on the development of professional knowledge through extracurricular programs that enhance the viability of students. 

Student Benefits

STORE serves talented students interested in making retailing and related disciplines their career by offering them educational programs, opportunities to network with top retail executives and by providing students with an in-depth knowledge of retail and the retailing industry. STORE membership consists of three levels with a completion capstone class.

Recent STORE Activities

NRF Big Show 2016

NRF Big Show

Walton students (left to right) Kelsey Casey, Jack Scaccia, Jessica Fuentes and Hoang Le Dang visit Rockefeller Center in New York during their recent trip to the National Retail Federation's 2016 Big Show Student Program Jan. 14-17.

Four Walton College students traveled to New York with Center for Retailing Excellence staff members to attend the National Retail Federation 2016 Big Show Student Program Jan. 14-17. They joined nearly 500 students representing more than 50 universities around the country for the retail conference, which provided students opportunities for internships, employment, training programs and networking.
Kelsey Casey, Jack Scaccia, Jessica Fuentes and Hoang Le Dang

Students Jessica Fuentes, Hoang Le Dang, Kelsey Casey and Jack Scaccia attended the conference with Center for Retailing Excellence staff members Claudia Mobley, director, and Pam Styles, associate director.

Conference attendees heard from senior retail leaders from Belk, HSNi, Nike, Williams-Sonoma, The Home Depot, Macy's, Nordstrom, Walgreens, Walmart, Kohl's Corporation and more.

Four years ago there were seven university members of NRF, with the University of Arkansas serving as a founding member of the student program. In 2016, there are now 67 university members.

Fuentes and Dang earned a conference scholarship through participation in STORE, Students of Retailing Excellence, a registered student organization. In addition, Fuentes received a travel sponsorship from National Retail Federation as the University of Arkansas NRF Rising Star; Dang was the NRF Student Ambassador for recruiting more than 25 members.

Fellow students Casey and Scaccia represented Enactus, a registered student organization that promotes entrepreneurship as a way to create a better world. Their travel was sponsored by the Center for Retailing Excellence.


STORE Application

Leadership: 2017-18

President: Eric Mays

Vice President: Hayley Cole

Secretary: Artia Conley

Director of Communications: Shayla Dawson

Director of Membership: Vasu Chawla

STORE Advisor: Dr. Synetra Hughes
 (479) 575-3917