R.C. Barclay Center
For twenty-five years, R.C. Barclay was instrumental in establishing Randalls as one of the largest privately-owned firms in Houston. His leadership, vision and concern for his associates and customers led Randalls to become one of the premier supermarket operations in the country. Even though he never personally attended Texas A&M University, the "Spirit of Aggieland" lived in his heart.
The Barclay Center, opened in the West Campus Library in 1994, was created through generous contributions given in support of retailing education. It honors the late R.C. Barclay, a founder of Randalls Food Markets, Inc., who believed in both higher education and the Center for Retailing Studies.
Today, over 12,000 students use the West Campus Library daily. Its facilities, anchored by the Barclay Center, utilize state of the art technology to provide students and researchers access to the most current information available. The Center is a fully electronic business and retailing reference library.
In 2006, Texas A&M announced that all patent and trademark records will now be held and accessible for users at the Barclay Center. This acquisition further adds to the resources available to business students.
Additionally, the Barclay Display Case in the library's entry hallway showcases the products and services of successful retailers. The case is an opportunity for sponsoring companies to increase brand awareness among students, display new merchandise lines, and highlight their support of retailing education at Texas A&M University.