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Bookstore Relocation

To Faculty and Staff:

Wesleyan is considering relocating the bookstore (now located on Broad Street) to a new development on Washington Street close to campus. While the bookstore would be the anchor tenant, the new development is expected to also include national branded retail and restaurant tenants as well as local businesses. The developer will be selecting the bookstore vendor with input from Wesleyan.  The total project is planned to include over 10,000 square feet of space on two floors.

The potential benefits to Wesleyan would be a long-term reduction in our overhead costs for our current model of the bookstore, and we hope the new businesses would enhance connections between the campus and downtown.

Over the next 30 days we will be gathering campus feedback on this potential move.  We plan to hold an open forum on Tuesday, November 27, at 4:30 pm in 41 Wyllys, room 112.  Our questions for you during the forum will include:

1.     The move has advantages; should we make it?
2.     Do faculty wish to be consulted about the selection of a vendor?  If yes,what factors should be considered in recommending a vendor?
3.     If we do make the move, how might we make new use of the existing bookstore building?

We will create an online blog for community discussion of this possible new development, where we will also post updates as they arise.

If you have ideas or concerns, please contact Nathan Peters (npeters@wesleyan.edu).

Thank You,

Joyce Topshe and Nathan Peters

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