a.k.a Kansas (State) Sampler
Get ready, Wildcat fans! This coming Saturday (August 20, 2016), Rally House and Kansas Sampler will open a new store in Manhattan, Kansas! The new Rally House Aggieville store will be located in downtown Aggieville where the now-closed Varney’s bookstore resided. Though the name and management is new, Rally House is excited to offer a familiar product selection and assortment to Manhattan residents and KSU students.
You’ll find a great selection of Kansas State Wildcats t-shirts, hats, jerseys, gifts, and more. In addition to all the KSU gear you’d expect to find, we’ll have a limited selection of other area teams like the Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Chiefs, and Sporting KC.
From Our CEO
Rally House CEO, Aaron Liebert, “We’re very excited about the opportunity to open in Manhattan. Obviously we have big shoes to fill. Varney’s was an icon in Aggieville and beloved by all. Even though we have been selling K-State merchandise for twenty years, we had intentionally stayed away from Manhattan because Varney’s was the institution.”
On June 30, 2016, after 126 years in business, Varney’s shuttered its doors to all three of their locations. When asked about the closing of Varney’s, CEO, Aaron Liebert replied, “As a small, Kansas business ourselves, we were saddened by the closure. Nobody likes to see a local, family business close, even if they are your competitor. The demise of the book business caught a lot of retailers around the country.”
From Varney’s Owner
Similar sentiments were echoed by Jon Levin, the former owner, “I’m very pleased that a retailer is going in and that it is a retailer as strong as Rally House – it’s going to be good for Aggieville and Manhattan.”
For the KSU Fans & Family
Rally House knows the proud tradition that Kansas State University takes from the football field to the classroom and beyond to the professional world. Though we’ve offered a great assortment of KSU products in the past, we’re incredibly honored and humbled to be able to join the family that makes Manhattan and Kansas State one of the best communities.
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