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Small Projects Showcase: Dairy Store Move

Location: East Campus, UNL | Lincoln, NE

  • Students at the UNL Dairy Store

    The UNL Dairy Store is currently located at 114 Food Industry Complex in Lincoln.

  • UNL Dairy Store before renovation

    The Dairy Store was previously located on the south side of the Food Industry Complex; here is a “before” photo of the new space.

  • UNL Dairy Store after renovation

    An “after” photo of the new space on the north side of the Food Industry Complex.

  • UNL Dairy Store floor plan

    A rendering of the Dairy Store’s new floor plan.


Situated on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s East Campus, the UNL Dairy Store has been a campus fixture for more than 100 years. In 2019, the store was moved from its location on the south side of the Food Industry Complex to the north side of the complex. The new space is in the same building as before, but faces north toward the Nebraska East Union.

“We're hoping that it will really attract students and become the heart of East Campus, and that all the buildings will all play off each other.”

— Barry Shull, facilities director, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources

The renovated, larger space creates a more modernized storefront and offers more seating with a view of Legacy Plaza—a green space which includes four sculptures of Nebraskans who have served as U.S. secretaries of agriculture and is being transformed into a focal point of activity on East Campus. New features include bar seating that overlooks the green space and plugins for electronics and devices.


Final project budget for the UNL Dairy Store renovation.


Number of square feet contained in the project.


Months from construction beginning to completion.

The Dairy Store remained open throughout construction, so customers were not disrupted. Construction began in April 2019 and the project was completed in September 2019. The move was part of the East Campus master plan, which includes renovations to the Nebraska East Union, C.Y. Thompson Library and the green space.



June 1, 2020 | Midwest Messenger
"A new view of dairy awaits at UNL's Dairy Store"

June 1, 2020 | IANR News 
“Dairy Store relocation celebration is March 12”

June 1, 2020 | Daily Nebraskan 
“UNL Dairy Store moves to new location on East Campus”

June 1, 2020 | Nebraska Today 
“Dairy Store Operations to shift, expand”



The UNL Dairy Store has offered premium handmade dairy products as part of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln since 1917. Their products include ice creams, cheeses and meats, handmade by UNL students in their on-site plant. Find out more at their website.


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