Vol. 4 No. 32 | Aug. 22, 2007

 

NAU Bookstore turns page
on new era

NAU's Bookstore is about to celebrate its
$1 million renovation during festivities for both the campus and community to enjoy.

From Aug. 23-26, events with discounts and prizes will showcase the bookstore's new look, designed to make it "the heart of the university's book, supply and gift needs," said Ken Pegram, bookstore director. "We want the bookstore to be considered a meeting place as well."

Event highlights include a ribbon-cutting ceremony with NAU President John Haeger, an Arts Day, a Technology Day, an Athletics Day and a Literary Day that includes a book signing with New York Times bestseller Diana Galbadon.

Pegram said the renovation improves shopping ease, increases merchandise space and improves clothing and gift displays. Warm colors add to a welcoming atmosphere. Couches and chairs encourage reading.

NAU's identity takes center stage with its logo visible around the store and inlaid into the entry floor as well as in front of a new fireplace. Campus life photography decorates the walls and a remodeled book department makes it easier to access.

"We enlarged the trade book department to give the bookstore a more academic feel," Pegram said. "We relocated the general book department near the front of the store and created book niches, increasing the intimacy of the book shopping experience."

Checkout counters have convenience items located near them, and the counters are located on one side of the main doors to minimize having shoppers cut through lines when they enter.

The renovation was a culmination of many months of planning and construction, and was part of an agreement between the university and Follett when the bookstore company assumed management last year.

The NAU Bookstore, building 35 on South San Francisco Street, is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and closed Sundays. Hours are extended for back-to-school periods, special events and football games.

For information, call (928) 523-4041, or visit the NAU Bookstore web site.

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