Part of Harold Alfond Sports Arena at the University of Maine, the Bear Necessities Store is “merch central” for both students and the tens of thousands of sports fans who attend games annually.
Designed in partnership with HOK, this unique retail space is located below arena’s east grandstand, making creative use of previously underutilized square footage. The team’s design solution leverages a relatively-small retail store footprint by expanding outward into the arena concourse when Bear Necessities is open for business. Themed graphics, flooring, and specialty lighting, paired with rolling retail displays and trophy cases, work together to make a large impact. The laser-cut flooring mimics the Black Bear’s home ice, a detail that’s not lost on UMaine Hockey fans.