ACU turning the page on traditional bookstore
For immediate release
August 10, 1999
By LORETTA FULTON
Senior Staff Writer
Courtesy of Abilene
Don't expect to buy a book in the bookstore at Abilene
Christian University, unless it's a nicely packaged gift
The new Campus Store carries just about everything a
student might need, except textbooks. Those are located in
the basement, well out of sight of the ACU Campus Store
patrons. The newly renovated Campus Store in
McGlothlin Campus Center looks more like a finely
appointed department store than the familiar campus
"We're a lot more than a traditional bookstore," said
store manger Anthony Williams. "For the first time we've
done a good job of meeting the needs of the students."
A ribbon cutting ceremony Monday afternoon marked the
opening of the store, which reflects a trend in campus
stores across the country.
Once primarily a repository of textbooks and sweatshirts,
today's campus stores are full service, offering a wide
range of goods.
Dr. Jack Rich, executive vice president, said the old
store was somewhat of a "historical landmark" on campus,
resembling a Woolworth's of the 1960s. The new store looks
more like a "Nieman-Marcus of 2000," he said.
That distinction wasn't lost on the students mingling
among the store's many offerings Monday afternoon. From soap
by the slice to inflatable dorm furniture, the Campus Store
has it all.
"It feels more like a department store than a bookstore
now," said Brooke Lucas, a senior.
Some items might be purchased for less elsewhere, but
students in the store Monday said sometimes price isn't the
only factor to consider.
"It's the convenience," said Jenny Reed, a senior. "If
you're checking your mail, you can just run over here."
The store carries Hallmark cards, a variety of clothing,
computers and software, Christian music, housewares,
Texas-themed gift items, exquisite chocolates and much
Williams, the store manager, predicts the horde of
students starting class on Aug. 23 will be overwhelmed with
the new store.
"They'll be speechless," he said.
Loretta Fulton can be reached at 676-6778 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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