“We’re very excited for the new store to be open,” Titan Store director of retail services Tony Sanjume said as he greeted customers and encouraged them to take complimentary coffee, lemonade and cookies.
On opening day of the new store, students received 30 percent off all LCC clothing and a coupon for 20 percent off any purchase. A free Ty (Lane mascot) bobble head doll was included with any purchase over $25.
New store smaller, but better
Shoppers could also enter a drawing for a new backpack filled with an Amazon Kindle and Titan clothing and gear. Gail Bingham and Gertie Powers, who both work in Food Services, were excited for the new store as they dropped their names into the jar. The drawing took place at the end of the day, and Kaydee Johnston was announced the winner.
The updated and remodeled main campus bookstore relocated from the third floor to the first floor of the Center Building. The official opening of the Titan Store was held on Thursday, Feb. 26. Construction was completed by Lease Crutcher Lewis in January and the bookstore has been open for business at its new location since Jan. 26.
The new Titan Store, though smaller than the old bookstore, now has a section similar to a convenience store. Among plenty of snack items available for purchase, students can get hot dogs and fountain drinks at the Titan Store, two options that were not available previously.
Lane is seeking a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver certification for the newly remodeled Center Building, to be renamed the Center for Learning And Student Success. In order to help achieve LEED Silver certification, the new bookstore features reclaimed wood from the old library, which is still undergoing renovation. The reclaimed wood is used as ceiling accents over the convenience store area and as trim around the customer service desk.
Sandy Wilhelm, who works in printing and graphics, had her arms full while shopping early Thursday. “It’s cool,” Wilhelm commented about the new bookstore on campus. “A lot of work went into it. Too bad you can’t see it from the outside due to the construction. The grand opening didn’t get the exposure it needed.”
Entrance location changes as construction continues
As construction on the Center Building continues, the entrance to the Titan Store will need to change. Until the second week of spring term, the entrance will remain in close proximity to the cafeteria. After that, access will switch to the south side of the Center Building.
“We’re going to try to get as many signs up on campus as possible to redirect them [students] and hopefully we’ll get those signs up before finals,” Sanjume said.
The final look and bright open courtyard near the entrance will be unveiled during fall term 2015. For now, the front doors are inaccessible to students and construction equipment is operating outside.
Sanjume said they chose to have the grand opening now, to give students a preview of the new store. Bigger festivities are planned for the completion of the first floor and new cafeteria in the fall.