In her 25 years as bookstore
manager, Pam Sedlacek says the store’s move last December was definitely one of
the more momentous occasions.
“This is the best change,”
she said. “Now we’re able to have all of our items in one location, I can go in
the back room and not run down the hall. That’s huge for me.”
The new store is kitty-corner
from the former location across from the cafeteria. The old store wasn’t big
enough, so Sedlacek and other employees had to go down the hall to the storage
rooms when a student requested a particular book. Now everything is in one,
“Before we were all in the
same area, making due,” she explained. “The layout was very awkward, and it
wasn’t user-friendly at all. This (new space) gave us the opportunity to decide
how we wanted it.”
Now, students don’t have to
walk around and search for the textbooks they’re looking for. Instead, they
bring their list to the counter and Sedlacek or one of her employees will get
that book for them in the back room. It’s more customer-service oriented now.
“It took a little while to
get used to it, but now things are running well,” she said.
In addition to the new way of
claiming books, the campus store has increased its clothing inventory to
include Nike merchandise as well as the Under Armour collection. There’s also
more food, including soda, snacks and portable lunches.
Pam says she has heard
nothing but positive comments about the new space.
“I haven’t heard anything
negative,” she said. “Everybody likes the way they can look at the clothes and
the counter snacks.”
The official name has changed
from SCC Bookstore to SCC Campus Store.
“We decided we are much more
than a bookstore,” Sedlacek said.
Popular items at the store
include electronic items, earbuds, school supplies, and now food. Sales on food
and beverages have increased four times.
The staff includes four
full-time employees and nine part-time, which sometimes increases at the start
of a new term.
The old bookstore location
will be renovated into new space for the Food Services/Hospitality program.