UNION — A walk around the downtown Union neighborhood will take you past churches, public institutions, historic landmarks, and a number of businesses including the USC Union Bookstore.
Since its founding more than 50 years ago, the USC Union campus has grown, increasing its presence in downtown Union. Originally, USC Union consisted of only the Main Building on Main Street, but has since expanded to include the Central Building, Truluck Activity Center, the Founders House, and the Gazebo.
In March 2015, USC Union’s presence in downtown Union grew yet again when the USC Union Bookstore moved to its new location at 311 E. Main St. Prior to then, the bookstore had been located in the basement of the Main Building in a very small room that didn’t allow for much in the way of merchandise to be displayed or customers to browse.
The move to Main Street changed all that.
Bookstore Manager Tanja Black said that the store carries and displays on racks and in cases a wide variety of items including apparel; kitchen items; all kinds of Gamecocks paraphernalia including car magnets, car flags, decals, and any tailgating items; jewelry; platters; baby and youth items; soft drinks, snacks, and coffee.
As you might expect, given that USC Union is a University of South Carolina campus, the merchandise carried is overwhelmingly Gamecocks-oriented. While this will continue to be the case, Black said the store is looking into possibly getting in some Clemson items.
Black also pointed out that, while the bookstore is part of USC Union, it is not just for the students and faculty of the campus, but is in fact a community shop. She said that the general public is just as welcome to come and shop at the bookstore as the students and faculty of USC Union are.
So next time you are walking around downtown Union, wander on over to the USC Union Bookstore and browse and, if an item catches your eye, make a purchase. You can even get a snack or something to drink. After all, USC Union is a community shop and the community is invited to shop there.
The USC Union Bookstore is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m-5 p.m.
For more information about the USC Union Bookstore and what it has to offer, call 864-424-8080.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.