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Spokane’s Washington State Connections store opens

SPOKANE, Wash. – There will be a day-long grand opening celebration for the new Washington State Connections retail store in downtown Spokane tomorrow, Sept. 23, and WSU alumni, fans and friends are invited to join the celebration.

The grand opening celebration will feature a Cougar cheese tasting, giveaways, drawings throughout the day, athletic ticket specials, photos with Butch T. Cougar from 4 to 6 p.m., and a special ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4:30 p.m.

Located at 618 W. Riverside, the new WSU Connections store is the third in Washington State. The first opened at Westlake Center in Seattle in 2004, before being relocated a few blocks away earlier this year to 411 Union St. in Rainier Square. The second Connections store, located at 2809 Colby Ave. in Everett, was opened earlier this year.

Washington State Connections in Spokane
Washington State Connections in Spokane

WSU’s retail presence has been well-received in Seattle, attracting alumni, tourists, fans and prospective students. Card-carrying Cougar Alumni Association members receive a 10 percent discount at all three Connections stores on all items except wine, cheese and sale goods.

The WSU store in Spokane is the first to combine retail operations, an Athletics Department ticket office, WSU Spokane research information, and be staffed by Cougar Athletic Fund personnel.

The new store will be open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Connections Store can be reached at (509) 309-2050. The Cougar Athletics ticket office can be reached at (509) 309-2041.

Media contact:

Robert Strenge, 509-335-3583,

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