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.



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). 

In 2022 the LSG Steering Committee hosted two Annual Meetings - an in-person event in February just prior to the ICBA Conference and a Virtual Annual Meeting in April. Thank you to everyone who attended either or both events!

In 2023 we're back in person, live and in Las Vegas, February 5-7. Join us - 50 Members are already registered! You can still register HERE!

LSG 2023 Annual Meeting Program

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.


Cheryl Phifer
LSG Steering Committee Chair
University of Texas at Austin

Kim Anvinson
North Dakota State University

Alex Parra
University of Utah

Jim Best
Cornell University

Tod Petrie
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Derick Robertson
Georgia Southern University

Jason Kack
McGill University

Aaron Ochoa
Immediate Past Chair
University of California, Davis