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Thursday June 1st

House Bill 2 affected Student Stores negotiations

House Bill 2 affected negotiations about the future of UNC Student Stores, where Barnes & Noble College will take over management on July 1.

One competitor, Amazon, pulled out of negotiations because of House Bill 2, according to a letter from Brad Ives, associate vice chancellor for campus enterprises, to the committee that evaluated Student Stores proposals.

Unlike Barnes & Noble College, Amazon did not propose to take over full management of Student Stores. Amazon and four other companies offered to be virtual textbook providers.

The committee was pursuing that option with Amazon until the "Amazon team was instructed to suspend the discussion due to HB2," according to the letter.

The conversation might not be over.

"Depending on the fate on HB2, we may still pursue the package delivery option with Amazon at a later date," the letter said.

Faculty, staff, students and community members can ask questions at an information session in Genome Sciences Building room G100 at 4 p.m. today.

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