SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly Downtown won a Beautification Award from the San Luis Obispo Downtown Association for significant aesthetic and physical improvements made to the store. Every year, the association’s design committee honors downtown businesses that are doing their part to keep the downtown area inviting and beautiful.

Cal Poly Downtown has been selected to receive the association’s Tenant Improvements: Interior Award for the substantial improvements made to its store interior. The Cal Poly retailer relocated in December to a larger site at 767 Higuera, gaining an additional 1,300 square feet of space in the move.

Spearheaded by Cal Poly University Store Director Frank Cawley, the new Cal Poly Downtown was designed by Jeff Grant, who has designed several other high-profile retail spaces including the stadium store for the San Jose Sharks and San Francisco Zoo’s gift shop.  The new store is outfitted with contemporary fixtures, materials and lighting. It also features stainless steel and natural stone materials, creating a modern, industrial atmosphere.

“We are delighted that our new location is being recognized by the Downtown Association,” said Lorlie Leetham, executive director of the Cal Poly Corporation and associate vice president of commercial services. “Our goal is to provide customers with a welcoming retail experience that promotes Cal Poly pride throughout downtown and the local community.”

Cal Poly Downtown will receive its award at the Downtown Association’s Beautification Awards social on Wednesday, March 1 at the SLO HotHouse.

About Cal Poly Downtown

Since 1993, Cal Poly Downtown has served the San Luis Obispo community as a trusted source of official Cal Poly-branded apparel, gifts, Cal Poly wines and delicious Cal Poly food products. Cal Poly Downtown is located at the heart of historic downtown San Luis Obispo at 767 Higuera Street.

About Cal Poly Corporation

Cal Poly Corporation is the non-profit auxiliary organization to Cal Poly, providing self-supporting, innovative, and high-quality services to the university and assisting the institution in achieving its educational mission. For additional information, visit or call 805-756-1451.

About Cal Poly

Founded in 1901 and part of the renowned California State University system since 1960, Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, four-year, comprehensive polytechnic public university located in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Known for its Learn by Doing approach, small class sizes and open access to expert faculty, Cal Poly is a distinctive learning community whose 21,000 academically motivated students enjoy an unrivaled hands-on educational experience that prepares them to lead successful personal and professional lives. For more information, visit

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