Over eighty community members attended the August 15, 2012 bookstore grand opening celebration at Kent State University at Ashtabula. Guests were invited to tour the newly renovated building which boasts 14,000-square feet and houses not only the new bookstore, but the campus business office and maintenance department.
Mirroring the facade of the Robert S. Morrison Health and Science Building, this $1.2M renovation of the former technology building creates a true retail destination on campus. Offering beverages and snacks, students can mingle in the coffeehouse-like atmosphere, and enjoy shopping the expanded selection of Kent State University merchandise. The renovation, paid for with campus funds, has also provided a much needed 113 additional spaces for student parking.
"This is the next step in transforming our campus," Dean Susan Stocker said. "We'd get long lines of students at the old location, but our new bookstore will alleviate this. And the old location in Main Hall is now open to be redesigned as a one-stop-shop for student services," she said.
Bookstore Manager, Kathy Madison shared, "This is a beautiful new facility and I couldn't be more pleased with our move to this new location. The lounge and coffee service areas are really inviting and add to a space that will welcome the whole community in."
The plan to merge the bookstore, business office and maintenance department into the newly renovated facility was practical since the bookstore is a depot for UPS, FedEx and the U.S. Post Office. More than 5,000 packages come through the store on annual basis, so it only made sense to move the business office and maintenance operations into the same location.
"From the stand point of shipping and receiving, merging the departments into the same building allows for a seamless flow of purchase orders and paperwork and ultimately the distribution of incoming freight," said Business Services Administrator, Dave Schultz.
The bookstore is open for business from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and 9 a.m. to noon Friday.