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Convenience Market Opens in Campus Square

Market on the Square, the convenience market located in Campus Square, opened today, August 13, 2008.

Market on the Square, which opened this morning, has convenience items such as food, candy, toiletries, and other items. Lehigh is following the successful pattern put in place by schools like Texas A&M and Wayne State, which have bookstores and stand alone convenience markets operated by Barnes and Noble.

Steve Schatten, the new manager of the Lehigh University Bookstore, is enthusiastic about the convenience market. "This will allow us to offer students an increased selection of general merchandise,” he says. “We are excited about bringing in new products based on student requests and feedback."

Until students return, hours for Market on the Square are 8-5 pm. Once the semester starts on August 25, Market on the Square will be open from 7:30 am to 9:30 pm Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 9:30 pm on Saturdays, and 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on Sundays.

Last Spring, Lehigh announced they were running a contest for students to name the convenience market. Mark Ironside, executive director of business services, was astounded by the number of entries his department received. The winning nomination was Market on the Square, an entry submitted by College of Education graduate student and Bethlehem resident Gerry Kasten. Kasten received a gift certificate for textbooks at the Bookstore.

By opening Market on the Square, the Bookstore was able to construct the Barnes and Noble Cafe on the main floor of the Bookstore. The newfound space in Market on the Square for convenience items also allowed an expansion on items such as organic and natural foods, energy bars, makeup and toiletries, and grocery foods.

The Barnes and Nobel Café in the Bookstore opened Monday, August 11. Both the Café and Market on the Square will have grand opening celebrations sometime during the fall semester.

Caption: Lehigh grad student and Bethlehem resident, Gerry Kasten, accepts her gift certificate to the Lehigh University Bookstore from general manager, Steve Schatten, for winning the contest to name the convenience market in Campus Square. Kasten’s suggestion, Market on the Square, was selected from over one hundred entries.