Beginning March 25, a major remodeling project will begin in the USI Bookstore and will include a transition to its new name, the University Store.
Until renovations are complete in mid-June, the store will be operating in a temporary location in the Cone in University Center East. While Refunds/Buybacks and Shipping/Receiving will remain in their current locations during construction, many staff members will move downstairs in University Center West.
Michael Goelzhauser, USI Bookstore manager, realizes that splitting up staff and moving from approximately 9,000 square feet to 1,500, poses challenges. “Items will have to be limited. We will only have space for four or five clothing racks instead of 20. Only select books will be displayed and we will have to re-stock frequently,” he said.
Still, Goelzhauser and Diane Alvey, assistant manager of USI Bookstore Operations, are looking forward to the move and enhancements to their current location. “We hope the changes will improve traffic flow and help us to gravitate toward becoming more of a retail store,” said Alvey.
Plans include the addition of a lounge area with iPhone charging stations next to Alumni and Volunteer Services. The new space, which may also include an art gallery, will allow the store to be more visible from the opposite side of the building. The University Store hopes to collaborate with faculty to display art work and other unique items produced by students in this area.
The store entrance will be revamped with new glass doors and ceiling windows that will create a brighter atmosphere. New merchandise will include gift items such as baskets and crystal ware, and Nike, Adidas, Hurley, and Columbia clothing.
Perhaps the biggest attraction of the renovated store will be the opening of the much-anticipated Technology Center, featuring Apple and Dell products and accessories. USI students, faculty, and staff will have the opportunity to purchase computers and iPads at the Technology Center, which also will include a repair center that will be open to the general public.
USI’s Technology Center will be the 21st Apple store on a college campus in the Midwest region and the first in Evansville. The University community will also benefit from Apple-based educational seminars.
Although the basic floor plan and square footage will remain the same, expect to see many changes at the University Store this summer.
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Until renovations are complete in mid-June, the USI Bookstore will be operating in a temporary location in the Cone in University Center East.