CSU to Open Bookstore in Downtown Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Helping solidify its RiverPark campus as a standalone academic setting, Columbus State University will open a bookstore in downtown Columbus to serve its fine and performing arts students.

Opening Aug. 10 in the north section of the Rankin Building on Broadway, the new store will feature a lounge area and a digital kiosk for Apple products, in addition to items traditional to a university bookstore.

The kiosk will provide an Apple Inc. retail system that includes a catalog, real-time credit card processing, secure hosting and round-the-clock technical support to users who can purchase hardware from Apple, including laptops, and download products to their PCs, laptops, pocket PCs and portable media players.

The store also will stock textbooks for art, theatre and music classes; art supplies; CSU apparel and smaller gift merchandise; Bon Appetit “gourmet” pastries and cakes; Odwalla “healthy” snacks and beverages; and traditional snack and beverage items.

In a “custom fixture” section, art students will find materials such as backer board, printing plates and paper, and other supplies they typically would shop for and purchase online, said Tony Holt, CSU-site manager for Follett Corp., which will operate both RiverPark and main campus stores. “We’re also working with the music faculty to select items like reeds and scores to stock for the music majors.”

The Apple kiosk also will complement University Information Technology Services' move to cover students’ personal equipment, as UITS staff will service both Apple and HP products. “We’ll eventually install a similar kiosk for HP users,” Holt said.

The site, along with new meeting-activity space for students across Broadway and alongside CSU’s RiverPark police station, represents the latest enhancements to the university’s downtown campus, anchored by the newly organized College of Fine and Performing Arts and apartment-style housing for 350 students.

Operating hours will be 9 a.m..-6 p.m. weekdays, except for the Aug. 17-21 opening week of fall classes, when the store opens one hour earlier. The bookstore is open to the general public as well as students.