Penn State to close Computer Store

The Penn State Computer Store, which sells computers and software at discounted prices to students and employees, will close in the spring, the university reported Friday.

Sales at the store, on the first floor of the HUB-Robeson Center, have been decreasing at an “unsustainable rate,” said Janda Hankinson, the director of entrepreneurial services within the university’s Information Technology Services unit.

“To best meet the needs of students, faculty and staff, the (u)niversity needs to move away from an economic model that is no longer feasible — and strategically plan for our community’s needs in the future,” Hanksin said in a news release.

Penn State’s software licensing programs will be expanded, but the university did not say how.

The university has licensing programs that provide 20 software titles at low cost to students, such as Windows 8 and Microsoft Office products. Faculty and staff have access to nearly 250 software titles at substantially reduced costs.

The university said the licensing programs save the university more than $40 million each year, and the university expects the savings to increase with the plans for expansion.

The store, which used to be in the Willard Building before moving to the HUB, has been open for 25 years.

The university said it will give more updates about the closing through the spring semester.