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LARGE STORES GROUP (LSG)

A little over 40 years ago, a small group of stores organized around a commitment to financial benchmarking with stores most similar to their own, in order to improve performance and demonstrate their value to the campuses they served. The mission of the LSG is to unite large independent university stores and provide opportunities for networking, information sharing, and education that address the needs of the membership.

Independent stores serving a four-year (minimum) university are eligible to join LSG if they meet at least one of the following sales volume criteria:

  • At least $9M in total annual sales
  • Previous or current LSG Member with total sales of at least $7M.
  • At least $4M in General Merchandise, exclusive of computer hardware/tablet sales (but including computer supplies/accessories)

Now that LSG is affiliated with ICBA, dues have been eliminated and replaced by cost-recovery fees for participating in LSG activities (including attending the Annual Meeting and participating in the ICSR). Completing the ICSR is required for Membership in LSG, but for LSG Members who are also ICBA Members, the ICSR fees are included as part of your ICBA Membership.

Wondering if LSG Membership is right for you, or simply want to know more about the organization? Check out the Frequently Asked Questions below.

View LSG FAQs

LSG ANNUAL MEETING

The LSG Annual Meeting is the perfect place to come together to learn from industry experts, exchange ideas, and catch up with colleagues and friends who can relate to the challenges of operating a large university store. As in the past, our sessions and panel discussions will focus on some of the most impactful issues you’re facing, and will be informed by the results of the most recent Independent College Stores Report (ICSR). 

The LSG 2021 Annual Meeting will be a virtual event, held April 13-14, 2021. LSG Annual Meeting participants will also be able to access two of ICBA’s main keynote presentations and the ICSR award presentations during the virtual ICBA Conference in February.

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Remember, to maintain LSG Membership and to be eligible to attend the LSG Annual Meeting,
you must complete the full version of the ICSR Survey.

Your membership will be automatically renewed as long as your store still meets the LSG Membership criteria.

LSG STEERING COMMITTEE

Aaron Ochoa
LSG Steering Committee Chair
University of California Davis
aaochoa@ucdavis.edu

Jason Kack
McGill University
jason.kack@mcgill.ca

Alex Parra
University of Utah
aparra@campusstore.utah.edu

Cheryl Phifer
University of Texas at Austin

cphifer@universitycoop.com

Carlita K. Slatky
Georgia Southern University
cslatky@georgiasouthern.edu

Kat Wright
University of Victoria
katrit@uvic.ca

Katie Lee
Auburn University
leecath@auburn.edu

Tod Petrie
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
tpetrie@illinois.edu

Carol Miller Schaefer
University of Tennessee Knoxville

cmillers@utk.edu

Donna Shapiro
McMaster University
dshapiro@mcmaster.ca