A new store on campus opened on Tuesday, Sept. 3 called the Micro Market. The market, located in Hale 1 directly across from the BYU-Hawaii Health Center, sells a range of items, mostly grocery items.
Aline Ly, an alumnus from New York and retail supervisor of the Micro Market and C-store, said, “We decided to open the Micro Market because we wanted to get it closer to the students’ living facilities. Also, with bulk items that the new store sells, it makes it easier to carry home instead of walking across campus with those items. It’s easier and more convenient.”
Yue Qiu, a senior from China majoring in elementary education and C-Store student worker, said, “The Micro Market sells food that can mostly be cooked in the Hales. It’s closer so that it is easier for people to carry to their [purchases]. The C-Store (Convenience Store) mainly focuses on the snacks and smaller items.
“We have both the C-Store and the Micro Market operating concurrently and workers can work in either store.”
Items in the Micro Market consist of grocery items such as bulk items, noodles, cereals, milk, eggs, canned goods and hygiene products. The C-Store continues to sell mostly snack foods and also hot food.
Aimee Reid, an undeclared freshman from Arizona, said, “I think this is cool having another store here. It’s much closer to the Hales and faster to get items at night time instead of walking over to the C-Store.
“I think anything that helps the students is a benefit. Hopefully the school can continue to add or expand things such as this around campus.”
Ly explained, “Despite what people have been saying, the C-Store isn’t closing. The Micro Market is an extension of the C-Store. I guess you could call it a mini franchise. We are expanding to make things more convenient and easier for people.”
According to Ly, there are possibilities of future stores opening around the school. “The school does want to open more, but we don’t know yet because we haven’t had those discussions yet.”
Ly said when those discussions occur they will be looking for a possible location in the Temple View Apartments to make it easier for married couples to buy items.
The new Micro Market is open from 5 a.m. to 12 a.m. Monday through Friday and 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays for those with a BYUH ID card and open to the public 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.