The long wait for the expanded New River Community College bookstore is nearly over. The construction is complete and the shelves are filling up with new merchandise. Store Manager Barrett Bain and his staff are completing the transition from the temporary store in Godbey Hall to the spacious new facility on the lower level of Martin. An occupancy permit from the state is the last obstacle in the year long odyssey that displaced the store, temporarily created a computer lab during the library construction and provided construction upheaval in the lounge.
According to Assistant Manager Katie Woodyard, the new store is three times the size of the previous location in Martin Hall. The additional space will allow students to select their own textbooks, rather than waiting on a staff member to retrieve them from behind a barrier. The old store was much too cramped to safely allow the rush of students who needed textbooks at the beginning of each semester to serve themselves.
More space also means more merchandise to choose from. Nursing students will enjoy the expanded reference and supply section geared specifically for their needs. All students can find plenty of notebooks, paper, calculators and other necessary items.
An exciting new addition to the store will be trade books, affordable reading and reference material for all ages and interests. Priced primarily under $10, the selection will include children’s books, cookbooks, fiction and nonfiction titles, and holiday books.
For holiday shopping, Bain and his staff have filled the shelves with shirts, jackets, hats and accessories. Other gift ideas include DVDs and holiday music CDs.
Nebraska Book Company manages the New River Bookstore along with several others college bookstores in the area. The company is planning a grand opening celebration with give-aways and bargain priced items throughout the store. There will be e-mail announcements to all students, faculty and staff when the store opens.
End of semester book buy-back will proceed as usual during exam week. Instructions for checking the value of textbooks will be posted in the Knight Rider December 3rd edition. More details about Spring Semester rush will also be included. All students received an email about applying for temporary jobs in the store. Bain and Woodyard hire several people to help Head Cashier Ashley Lineberry and part-time cashiers Dale Dye and Whitney Gray during the early weeks of the new semester.