All Bookie locations close for two weeks

Stores will deliver product with no shipping charges, may lead to longer shipping times

JAKOB THORINGTON, Former Evergreen reporter

The Bookie will temporarily close all stores beginning on March 24 amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

This closure includes CORETECH, which is the Apple authorized campus store in Pullman. The stores are located in the Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities and Vancouver campuses. They plan to reopen on April 6 but may remain closed depending on the conditions of the virus.

“Everything is very fluid right now,” Bookie General Manager Leslie Martin said. “Our goal will be to open on the 6th of April.”

The stores will remain open online and deliver products to customers with no shipping charges. However, that may cause longer shipping times than usual, according to a WSU Insider press release. 

CORETECH will be closed March 24-31 and will begin online orders March 31 until conditions change, according to the release. 

Students can also request free shipping labels from The Bookie to return their rental textbooks back to the store. According to an email sent to textbook renters from The Bookie, individuals may only receive one label so all their textbooks must be sent in one delivery. 

“The biggest thing is the rentals,” Martin said. “We’re hoping to eliminate students keeping them all summer. We really need to try to get them back by that first part of May.”

Martin said the shipments will be accepted with no extra fees as long as they’re postmarked by May 9.

If the store has to remain closed until the end of the semester, Martin said she is open to making appointments with students to return their textbooks if they are on campus. 

“We would make any kind of accommodations needed,” she said. “We’re going to do the best we can to make sure we take care of all the faculty and all the students.”