Student Stores is currently accepting bids from general contractors. The renovations are projected to start in mid-April and are planned to finish by the first of August, Michele Gretch Carter, the Student Stores director, said.
Barnes & Noble College, the manager of Student Stores, agreed to conduct and finance the improvements when negotiating a contract with the University last year. According to the contract, Barnes & Noble College must invest at least $3.8 million toward the renovations.
The goal for the renovations is to turn Student Stores into more than just a store, Gretch Carter said.
“We are trying to make it more of a gathering place,” she said. “So we have the regular bookstore and everything that we have now, but at the same time, we want to make it a place people want to be, to hang out.”
In order to accomplish this, the tech shop, One Card office and Post Office will move up to the third floor to join the pharmacy and the Print Stop & Copy Center. This will consolidate all the services into one location. Also moving up to the third floor is the Bull’s Head Bookshop, which may undergo other changes.
“We have gotten a lot of feedback about what people would like the Bull’s Head to be,” Gretch Carter said. “We are working with those constituencies to get some feedback about what will our content really look like.”
Part of the reasoning behind shifting services and the tech shop to the top floor is to make room for textbooks and school supplies on the ground level.