June 25, 2001
New Bay Tree Bookstore to open on July 9
Store to be closed July 4 to July 8 to make move across plaza
By Louise Donahue
The long-delayed new Bay Tree Bookstore is almost ready to open, and customers may
decide it's been worth the wait. More books, more dorm supplies--more of just about
everything, as a matter of fact--will greet customers when the bookstore reopens
at its new location across the plaza on July 9.
To get everything into place, the bookstore will be closed from Wednesday, July 4,
through Sunday, July 8. Staffers will have their hands full; the general (nontextbook)
area alone will be more than four times larger than in the old store and textbook
space will increase by about 50 percent. An overnight photo-finishing service will
be added, the selection of dorm supplies will be expanded to include more furniture,
and there will be a Hallmark card section.
|A worker puts the finishing touches on the exterior of the new Bay Tree Bookstore.
Photo: Louise Donahue
Shipping and receiving operations will be more efficient, with trucks now circling
campus, coming down Hagar to unload books at the new loading dock, then leaving via
Hagar. "It'll ease traffic on the lower part of Hagar a little bit," said
bookstore director Bob McCampbell. The larger quarters also mean books will no longer
need to be stored off campus, speeding restocking of the shelves, McCampbell said.
The spacious new store, an open-beam design, includes added customer service desks
and plenty of room between aisles, allowing "comfortable browsing," McCampbell
said. "All around, it will be better," he said. Bookstore staff members,
now spread out in various buildings, will be consolidated in the new facility.
McCampbell was as discouraged as anyone by the construction delays--the project is
a year behind schedule--but he is excited about the prospects for the new facility.
"There will be a closer tie-in with other functions. This whole area will be
Next door to the bookstore is the Express Store, a convenience store with candy,
snacks, sandwiches, coffee, and food that can be microwaved, as well as health products
and other items. The store will have the same hours as the bookstore this summer,
but hours are scheduled to increase to 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the fall.
Summer bookstore hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays. It will be closed on Sundays.
Three other outlets will share the bookstore building:
- Book buy-back area: Expanded book buy-back facilities include three buy-back
windows. Refunds will be handled by a customer-service desk in the bookstore. The
book buy-back windows will operate as needed during the academic year.
- ID cards: Identification cards will be handled in an office about triple
the size of the previous space.
- Copy Center: Moving from the Communications Building into the corner of
the building is the Copy Center. The Copy Center will be operated by Printing Services
as a leased facility and is expected to open with the bookstore on July 9.
Adding to the buzz of activity in the plaza area this summer will be the Whole Earth
Restaurant, due to open its new quarters in mid-July, and the Graduate Commons, also
expected to open in July.
One aspect of the plaza's design has already drawn wide attention, from articles
in campus publications to USA Today. The object of the attention is a large
boulder outside the bookstore. It was designed to be reminiscent of what the area--a
former quarry--once looked like. Other smaller rocks are scattered throughout the
plaza area to contribute to the effect.
The rocks were the idea of the landscape architect, said McCampbell. "I knew
it was going to be a big rock, but I didn't know it was going to be that big,"
he said. "People will get used to it," he predicted.
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