The renovations to Queens Dining Hall in summer 2019 brought about a side-effect that has been warmly received among surveyed students. The Queens Bookstore moved locations from Trexler to the Levine Center, and is now located next to Einstein’s Bros. Bagels.
“The overall space is larger, so we’ve been able to update our inventory and increase the space for apparel and gifts,” Kathy Devlin, store manager, said. Students can also visit the bookstore to grab a quick snack in their expanded food aisle, where they are offering more nutrition and energy products.
Jamari Timmons, 22, Northwest graduate hall director and a grad student at Queens, said students can buy snacks, hygiene products, school supplies, and other items from the bookstore they would usually get from a regular market. He also said Einstein’s being within the same vicinity provides convenience to customers since they have everything in one location.
One student who approves of this move is Shacoya Price, a member of Queen’s track team. Even though it’s quite a trek, she loves how there is more space in the bookstore and would always go to Einstein’s while passing through.
She also said it feels like “a good location, because when we have basketball games and swim meets, it gives the opportunity for people who come to support to grab some merchandise on their way to the game while leaving.”
Timmons said the bookstore received more traffic from athletics and will have surges of people who come for game days and other events held on campus. And if there is a sporting event or swim meet at Levine, the store will remain open and allow customers to purchase snacks and observe Queens gear.
In a poll about their feelings towards the bookstore’s relocation to Levine, 35 respondents had positive things to say. Nearly three out of every four students believe Levine is the best location for the campus store and have bought some of their products after relocating.
The bookstore has also been receiving steady traffic. Of those surveyed, just under 46% of students said they pass through at least once a week, with another 40% saying they visit one to two times a month.
On the bookstore website, Devlin said that students can also sign up for alerts to learn more about their in-store and online sales as they are released. They even have an Instagram account if students want to follow them and know more about different sales they’re having throughout the year. Students should watch out for any sales that they want to “gobble” up as Thanksgiving peaks around the corner!
Written by Zahnell Pinnock and Grace Wesoly