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Downtown Campus: maurices Donates Headquarters Building to UMD

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George Godfarb, president of maurices and Chancellor Black
George Goldfarb, president of maurices, gives the ceremonial key to the building to Chancellor Black

UMD will have a robust presence in downtown Duluth. Today, maurices announced that it is donating its 75,000-square-foot headquarters to the University.

“This is an amazing day in the history of the University of Minnesota Duluth,” Chancellor Lendley Black told the packed room at the headquarters building, 105 W. Superior Street. “Thanks to the generosity and ongoing support of maurices, UMD will be able to fulfill the dream of having a downtown campus.”

maurices chose UMD as the recipient of the building after reviewing its plans to use the gift to connect with the community. “We’ve had a tremendous partnership with UMD for many years, and they made a great business case for use of the building,” says George Goldfarb, president of maurices and UMD alumnus.

maurices headquarters, 105 W. Superior Street
maurices generously donated this building at 105 W. Superior Street to UMD

Mayor Don Ness, also a UMD alumnus, called the maurices donation a “…win, win, win, win.” Ness started talking with Chancellor Black about increasing UMD’s presence in downtown Duluth almost as soon as the Chancellor began at UMD more than three years ago.

Plans include using the space to teach courses that involve interaction with the downtown community, offering continuing education and certificate programs, hosting classes for adult learning, offering space for conferences, and expanding partnerships with other higher education and K-12 schools.

Some back office functions could also be moved to 105 West Superior Street, freeing up office spaces on campus.

UMD will assume ownership after maurices vacates the building, planned for December 2015.

Under the existing timeline for the construction of their new building, UMD would have the space in spring of 2016.

maurices has been a long-term partner and generous supporter of UMD:

  • UMD’s School of Business & Economics bears the Labovitz family name, the founders of maurices
  • The Center for Economic Development honors local businesses through the Labovitz Entrepreneurial Success Awards
  • UMD is home to an innovative Retail Marketing Analytics Program, thanks to the support of maurices  
  • maurices associates are among the volunteers who serve on various UMD committees and boards 
  • Many of our students have received scholarships, internships, and have been hired at Ascena businesses


Story by Lori C. Melton

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