Book store

A long-standing bookstore adds new inventory but removes an item

Starkville’s Campus Book Mart had a grand reopening on Friday

Starkville, Miss. (WCBI) – Campus Book Mart in Starkville had a grand reopening on Friday, September 2, 2022; but one thing is missing from the inventory of the library, the books.

“We’ve noticed through the industry, you know, the internet has kind of taken over the world and so we’ve seen a decline…with college going to the bulldog pack this year, we had to make a decision and we’ve decided that we’re going to ditch the manuals and focus on the fun stuff,” said store owner Barbara Foster.

Foster said Friday was the perfect time to reopen as traffic would be up ahead of the home football opener on Saturday.

Change was scary at first, but necessary.

“We were really nervous, we started transitioning right after school ended in May and moved everything upstairs, you know, it’s like one of those things, you just pull those boot straps and you do,” Foster said.

The store still has school supplies and a large amount of school clothes and that hasn’t changed.

Another thing that doesn’t change is the name.

“We’re going to keep the campus bookstore name, my dad started this store. I think a lot of people know the campus bookstore name better than the bully shop name,” said Foster.

Foster said she is grateful to all the supporters over the years and hopes that even though the books are gone, the new inventory they will get will keep the crowds coming.