Lander, WY – Wyoming Catholic College has finally completed its acquisition of all of downtown Lander, Wyoming with the announcement today of the purchase of seventeen additional buildings for a total of $26,000,000 that will see the college own everything in Lander, Wyoming from 9th Street all the way to the Popo Agie River.
“Finally, finally, the moment has arrived where we can say ‘Welcome to Wyoming Catholic College, Home of Lander rather than Lander, Home of Wyoming Catholic College,” said Peter McCowan, WCC’s chief executive officer. “Owning all of Lander has always been our goal and we can’t wait to progress to the next step of owning all of Wyoming. Give me 10 years.”
WCC currently owns 935 buildings in Lander, all of which are “critical components of the school’s future growth” according to McCowan. Having more space downtown, by, in fact, owning all of downtown, has brought a palpable stability and coherence to the day-to-day lives of students, who remarked to McCowan that with the “school finally owning everything, it’s starting to feel more and more like a campus” to them. Acquiring the final two buildings highlights the College’s commitment to providing a vibrant downtown presence. “We know that our students bring a warmth and vitality to the town that is beneficial to businesses and townsfolk alike,” says the school’s executive vice president Saul H. Ciwoknot, “and we very much intend to preserve and foster that relationship going forward.”
“The acquisition of these final two spaces,” concludes the schools President Dr. Ben Shrubbery, “makes it increasingly possible for us to imagine what a coherent, complete downtown campus for Wyoming Catholic College will look like. Today, we are well along the way to turning those dreams into a reality. We know there is still a lot of work and planning to be done to reach that goal, so stay tuned.”
The purchase of these final seventeen buildings, as well as all the others used before them, has been funded by a large increase in sales at the school’s Crux Coffee, where year over year sales for March 2021 have already increased over 300% over March 2020.