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Central Market in downtown York City is about to get a dose of school spirit.

York College students are preparing to open Spartan Central in the historic marketplace in early February.

The student-run business, developed by sophomore members of the Graham Innovation Scholars program, will feature items including apparel, mugs and college-themed goods, according to a news release from the college.

Dominic DelliCarpini, director of the program, said the 20 students involved had conducted an analysis of the market last year and decided they didn't want to leave it at that.

The stand will hold a soft opening 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 2 and a grand opening during First Friday on Feb. 3, the release states.

DelliCarpini said the stand is located along the same wall as Copper Crust, toward the middle of the market. Construction for the project was funded by money in the Graham Scholars program.

Any profit the stand makes will be reinvested in the program for future projects, he added.

DelliCarpini noted that this is a pilot program, so it must prove profitable to continue, but the plan is to have the incoming sophomores in the program take over the stand at the start of each new school year.

The stand adds to a growing York College presence in the downtown area.

The college also owns Marketview Arts and the former Lafayette Club, which it is working to turn into the college's Center for Community Engagement offices.

DelliCarpini, who also serves as the dean of the center, said the basement of the building already offers hospitality classes and the first floor, where the center will be located, is scheduled to open in mid-February.

The second floor will be converted into an Institute for Public Policy, he added.

— Reach David Weissman at dweissman@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @DispatchDavid.

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