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UT Tyler students get hands-on training in "retail lab"

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - When we walked in the door, we were in a grocery store...or so we thought.

To the naked-eye, it is a grocery store. Real food, real prices and there's even a real register. And, it takes up half of this classroom...that's right, classroom.

"This gives students a hands-on opportunity to really learn about the retail industry," said Rick Rayford, president of Brookshire Grocery company.

But it's what's behind the price tags and boxes of oatmeal that really counts. Students will learn how to set select products and set prices.

Student Chase Rice says the hands-on learning he will get from this lab is top-notch.

"It covers everything you could possibly need to work in either a grocery company or any retail operation," said Rice.

And, Brookshire's hopes to see some graduates of the "retail lab" after they graduate.

"From that group of students we hope that we're able to attract and retain some of the top talents," said Rayford.

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