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JCU bookstore makes a move

October 15th, 2009

The John Carroll University bookstore may be relocating and expanding as a part of the University’s Master Plan.

When the Master Plan was first developed, the University brought in a nationally recognized consulting firm, Sasaki, to interview faculty, staff and students to determine how to best enhance JCU’s campus. The firm explored different ways to better utilize space and create a more vibrant campus.

Ways to achieve this have since been discussed and it was determined that relocating the bookstore was a viable way to enhance campus and the surrounding community.

Jonathan Smith, vice president and executive assistant to the president, said, “Moving the bookstore would contribute to that sense of community.”

There is currently discussion about relocating the bookstore to Fairmount Circle in Shaker Heights. The bookstore would be located in the vacant space previously occupied by CVS/pharmacy.

According to Smith, this relocation would provide a new facet to the JCU campus.

Smith also noted that relocating the bookstore could provide positive outcomes for both JCU and Shaker Heights.

“We want the shopping center to provide a variety of services to our students as well as to Shaker Heights and University Heights residents,” he said.

Sophomore Greg Sloat agreed that moving the bookstore would be beneficial.

“I think that not only will [the move] benefit the students but the community that surrounds JCU,” said Sloat.  

When and if the move occurs, Follettt, the national company that operates the JCU bookstore, would be responsible for funding it.

With this repositioning of the JCU bookstore, the space left behind would be open for student use.

According to Mark McCarthy, vice president of student activities, “Since the Lombardo Student Center is the hub of student activity and student traffic, expansion makes good sense.”

Junior Zach Newcomb agrees the space should be developed for students.

“A lounge would be a great change of pace and would be a well-utilized addition to the atrium,” said Newcomb.

Freshman Sarah Skiviat also views the potential open space as a positive improvement.

“I walk through the atrium everyday, I would like to see the bookstore area used for the student community in my future here,” said Skiviat.

Smith is positive about the potential move.

“Administrators and faculty are quite supportive of moves that would provide more space and enhance the student experience,” he said.

According to McCarthy the administration will work with students to best utilize the space.

“If things progress to the point that moving the bookstore is a reality, staff in Student Affairs and Facilities Administration will work closely with Student Union and student organizations to redesign the space to meet student needs,” said McCarthy.

The project is pending on conversations with University Heights, Shaker Heights and within JCU. There is currently no timeline for the move because these discussions must first take place.