LUBBOCK, TX. (June 12, 2024) — After nine months of renovations, the University Medical Center in Lubbock reopened its main entrance and lobby area, including the gift shop, in May of 2024. In celebration, UMC hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, June 12 to celebrate the Grand Reopening of Lori’s Gifts Store #157.

The main entrance and lobby were closed in September 2023 for an 11,820 square foot renovation inclusive of the reception, gift shop, waiting areas, a new cafe and circulation space. The main entrance moved to the East Tower during that time, and the gift shop was moved into a much smaller, more remote temporary location. Lori’s team members were thrilled to move back to the updated, expansive retail space, opening the doors just in time for Father’s Day shopping. 

Hospital administrators, staff, and volunteers joined with Lori’s Field Leaders to cut the red ribbon and welcome guests to the gift shop. The event was marked with special Grand Opening sales, games and prizes. Visitors were pleasantly surprised at the quality and assortment of products displayed in the beautifully renovated store, with lines forming at the door all day.

Bob Robinson, Lori’s Gifts Southern Regional VP, stated: “We are thrilled to have such a great partnership of numerous years with UMC. We couldn’t be more proud to be a part of this long term and wonderful facility. Thank you to the hospital and the Board.” A Lori’s Grand Opening is a carefully orchestrated event with many, many moving parts, requiring top-notch communication and coordination between Lori’s and its partner.  

UMC Health System in Lubbock is a public, non-profit 500-bed hospital. UMC Health System is owned by the taxpayers of Lubbock County. It serves as the primary teaching hospital for the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. UMC had the first Level 1 Trauma Center in West Texas, and it is still the only Level 1 Trauma Center in the region. UMC also offers the only Burn Center in the region. UMC’s Children’s Hospital is a part of the Children’s Miracle Network and includes a pediatric intensive care unit and a neonatal intensive care unit.  

Lori’s Gifts Shops offer a wide array of fun and practical products to make shopping convenient and enjoyable for patients, their families, hospital staff, and volunteers. Featuring the latest high-end design elements, the store contains three unique shopping areas with expanded product assortments for Gifts, Fashion and Marketplace. Lori’s is dedicated to bringing joy and comfort to every person who steps into the doors of our partnering hospitals.