Campus / News / January 21, 2015

Neebo gives bookstore “face lift”

Chair of Environmental Studies Peter Schwartzman brings his daughters to the Neebo Bookstore Reopening where they enjoy treats and refreshments with Biology professor Linda Dybas.

Chair of Environmental Studies Peter Schwartzman brings his daughters to the Neebo Bookstore Reopening where they enjoy treats and refreshments with Biology professor Linda Dybas.

The Knox College bookstore, now powered by Nebraska Book Company (Neebo), celebrated its grand reopening this past Saturday with a ribbon cutting ceremony and door prizes to celebrate its recent remodeling. The store now boasts new fixtures, carpet and has expanded its book section.

The new management felt that a remodel was essential.

“We wanted to be able to provide actual textbook fixtures,” said regional manager Jeanne Blust, who added that she felt the new partnership with the college called for a “face lift.” Blust explained that, although corporately overseen, the store will still maintain its autonomy. “Yes, it’s powered by NEEBO, but it’s Knox College’s bookstore,” said Blust. “Each store is independently run.”

Bookstore Manager Carissa Anderson has noticed a change in business since last term.

“I’ve noticed a lot more traffic,” said Anderson, who says the remodel has received generally positive responses.

“They have a lot of good sales,” said freshman Shea Pierce, who also enjoyed the addition of new merchandise to the store.

With Neebo in control, all textbooks in the bookstore are now rentable.

“As a professor, I’m glad to see that all of the books are rentable … I feel guilty as a professor about how expensive book are for students,” Professor of Psychology Tim Kasser said. Kasser also noted that the labeling system in the store has greatly improved.

Although the remodeling has been reported as well-received, not everyone on campus is satisfied with the services provided by Neebo. Anonymous reviews reveal that some customers are unsatisfied with the store’s lack of attention to the college’s consignment section and its failure to provide special labeling for environmentally friendly products.

Erica Baumgardner

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