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Clayton State bookstore set for grand re-opening

Clayton State University (CSU) is preparing to celebrate the grand re-opening and re-naming of its bookstore.

"The bookstore was originally on the first floor of the Student Center," said John Shiffert, director of university relations. "It outgrew the [Student Center] and was moved to the Baker Center."

Since the last move, the student population has grown on CSU's campus, and the Baker Center could longer accommodate the high volume of books and clientele, he said.

After several exhausting moves, university officials decided to make some changes to the bookstore's original location at the Student Center, said Shiffert.

"We decided to renovate the Student Center," he said. "A few walls were knocked out and some office space was taken over to create more space."

Shiffert said the renovations began this past spring, and the bookstore was temporarily housed at the Baker Center for the summer, until the upgrades to the Student Center were complete.

To mark the bookstore's "returning home" to the Student Center, university staff will host a grand re-opening Tuesday Aug. 8, where they will unveil the bookstore's new name, said Shiffert.

He said university staff held an online contest to rename the bookstore, and sent out emails to staff, faculty, and students, in efforts to promote the contest.

Until the bookstore's grand re-opening, Shiffert said the new name for the bookstore is "top secret."

"If I tell you, I would have to kill you," he said jovially.

University staff and students have already begun packing up operations at the Baker Center, and setting up at the Student Center, to be up and running for the return of fall semester at CSU, said Shiffert.

He said he does not believe the bookstore will move again anytime soon. "Well, this is certainly the largest space we have ever had for the bookstore," he said, laughing out-loud. "So, I don't think there are any plans in the future to move the bookstore again."

The re-opening ceremony will also feature new merchandise and refreshments, followed a ribbon-cutting ceremony, said Shiffert.

He added that from Aug. 15 — the first day of classes at the university— until Aug. 23, the Auxiliary Services will hold a Grand Opening Celebration of the newly-renamed store, during which special discounts and giveaways will be offered to customers.