March 24, 2020
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As long as they move the comfortable chairs when the Kenyon Bookstore moves in July, Gambier resident Donna Clark-Cetek will be happy.
“I like to meet people who come in and sit down to wait for the shuttle to the airport. You can get 45 minutes with a very interesting person. I’ve met visiting professors, parents, people with the writing camps. And then you start trading stories!” she said.
The bookstore’s mid-July move is part of a phased downtown-revitalization plan that has already improved access to Middle Path and will add retail space on Gaskin Avenue. The bookstore’s temporary relocation allows crews to renovate the south end of Farr Hall, where the bookstore will return this winter. The renovated bookstore will feature updated interiors, a new facade, second floor offices, a sprinkler system, updated lighting and other features.
Angus MacDonell P’17, general manager of the bookstore, has assured Clark-Cetek that her favorite chairs will be part of the move. The bookstore’s temporary space will be about 1,500 square feet smaller than its permanent home. The storage space underneath Farr Hall will accommodate the inventory that cannot fit in the public space.
What to expect during the bookstore’s temporary relocation and renovation: