Campus Bookstore Promises
By Stephanie Pendergrass
Chanticleer News Editor
For any of those confused by the barrenness of the JSU campus bookstore recently, it is not closing. Rumors of the closing of the bookstore have circulated, but with no truth behind them. The campus bookstore is, however, under a change of ownership, which began two weeks ago. This change could possibly enhance the store's stock and selling capabilities.
According to Randall Stephens, manager of the campus bookstore, Wallace Bookstores Inc. has gone bankrupt. This company had a lease on JSU's bookstore.
Wallace started an online bookstore approximately a year and a half ago, and like many dot-com companies, it has failed. Wallace Bookstores Inc. then had to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy due to the loss of money in their online investment.
University officials became concerned with the bankruptcy situation Wallace was facing and took action. JSU's lease agreement with Wallace has been canceled, and with the cooperation of Wallace, "the change up went very smooth," said Stephens.
Now the campus bookstore is operated by the University and is a state-run business. "It should be a lot better for everybody," said Stephens regarding the change of ownership.
Stephens was happy with the bookstore's performance this year. "We did well. Our sells were up [and] we were in stock." The bookstore had no control over or connection with the lease problems, those problems were on a corporate level.
Stephens expects the bookstore to be better than ever with the change in owners. While Wallace Bookstores Inc. was not able to keep the bookstore stocked with all the supplies it needed, the University should be able to give the store more selection. "We should have everything everybody needs, at the right time," said Stephens.
The same personnel will run the store next year, and the hours of the bookstore will remain the same. Hours of operation for the bookstore are:
Stephens hopes the bookstore can continue its quality service in the next school year. "We want to give excellent customer service to the students and faculty. We've always striven to do that, but we want to do even better."
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