Friday, June 25, 2021

HSU Bookstore Moving to Arcata Plaza

Posted By on Fri, Jun 25, 2021 at 1:38 PM

click to enlarge The new HSU Bookstore location. - PHOTO COURTESY HSU
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  • The new HSU Bookstore location.
The Humboldt State University bookstore, which will also sell College of the Redwoods' and local high schools' merch, is moving to the Arcata Plaza where the Tri-Counties Bank use to be located on Eighth and G streets.

According to the HSU news release, the building's remodel should be finished in time for a soft opening during the holidays, with a grand opening slated for spring of 2022.

"HSU has been working with the community to find ways for students, many of whom travel from more urban areas, to connect with and feel welcome in the community," the release states. "The new location will help. With HSU merchandise, and the ability to hold student and community-centered events like guest lectures and mixers, students will have a welcoming space in the heart of Arcata."

As for the current bookstore's space, students have been requesting it be turned into a lounge space, activities and entertainment, according to HSU. The release also states that the bookstore will maintain its current warehouse space on campus for receiving and picking up textbooks and textbook rentals.

Read the full press release below.
HSU Bookstore Moving to Arcata Plaza
The former Tri-Counties Bank property on the Arcata Plaza will be the new home of the HSU Bookstore.

The property is on the southeast corner of 8th and G streets. Remodeling work will begin soon, with the goal of a soft opening in time for the holidays. There will be a grand opening early in the semester in Spring 2022. In addition to Humboldt State merchandise and books by HSU authors, plans call for carrying branded items from College of the Redwoods, local high schools, and others to create a shared community.

Moving downtown will be valuable for the University and the community. A downtown location will provide numerous benefits that students, community members, and visitors have been asking for.

HSU has been working with the community to find ways for students, many of whom travel from more urban areas, to connect with and feel welcome in the community. The new location will help. With HSU merchandise, and the ability to hold student and community-centered events like guest lectures and mixers, students will have a welcoming space in the heart of Arcata.

The move also opens up the current Bookstore space, which students have been requesting to use for lounge space, activities, and entertainment. The Bookstore will maintain its current warehouse space on campus for receiving and picking up textbooks, along with handling textbook rentals, and the University is exploring delivering textbooks to students in residence halls. The College Creek Marketplace on campus will continue to sell HSU Bookstore items in the store and expand upon the current selection.

The property was purchased by the Humboldt State University Foundation as an investment and as a service to the campus. It will lease the space and associated parking to the University.

Follett will continue managing the Bookstore, bringing its specially branded HSU merchandise and other items for store visitors.
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