Why the University of Missouri electrical appliance store could be saved
The University of Michigan has announced plans to shut down the electric appliance store on campus.
The move comes just weeks after a federal judge ordered the closure of the store, which has a total of 11,000 appliances, to help the university comply with a court order to remove a number of hazardous materials.
U-M President Mark Schlissel said the university will save $1.2 million over the next four years by closing the appliance store.
The university previously told the judge it had no plans to reopen the store in 2019.
Schlissel has called the store an “emotional and difficult” place, but it is not the first time the university has faced financial problems.
The store closed in 2008, and the university paid a $1 million fine to settle claims it had sold contaminated products.
A federal judge last month ordered the university to reopen its doors by April 2018.
U.S. Attorney John D. Bork wrote in his court order that the university had failed to comply with the court order and was in violation of the federal Clean Water Act.
In its court order, U-M argued that shutting down the appliance shop “will not result in any meaningful or significant savings to the University.”
The store is one of a number located across campus that are filled with items that can cause health risks and are often in the way of schoolwork, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit says the university’s decision will cost the university “significant costs to implement its compliance plans.”
It is not known if the university is considering a lawsuit.