Dunedin Institution: University Book Shop (UBS)

UBS 1 [facebook.com] re-imaged 2378 Great King Street, Dunedin

### ODT Online Fri, 13 Sep 2013
Smaller University Bookshop on cards
By Vaughan Elder
After cutting staff numbers, the University Book Shop (UBS) is now considering reducing the size of its Great King St store.
Staff at the book shop were told in June to reapply for their jobs, as bookstore manager Phillippa Duffy looked at ways to reduce costs in the face of falling revenue. The Otago University Students’ Association-owned shop could be in for more change, with options being considered to reduce the shop’s size and split up its Great King St site.

“The iconic building is very much part of the UBS identity and we have no plans to move.”

The shop, especially now a second branch had been opened on campus this year, did not need to take up as much space as it did, Miss Duffy said. She met architects yesterday and options being examined, including what should be done with the space upstairs previously used to sell text-books and whether to keep the “non-stop sale” upstairs or move it downstairs, freeing up space.
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Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

*Images: facebook.com – UBS tweaked not lost by whatifdunedin

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One response to “Dunedin Institution: University Book Shop (UBS)

  1. Sadly, the Architecture section at UBS which used to carry a mildly comprehensive stock of leading contemporary and historical reference titles, has been much depleted following the loss of staff expertise. The store no longer serves architectural practitioners, the interested public, architecture and art historians, critics, and theoreticians with anything of its former authority. Some of us want to browse architecture volumes before paying over $120 per item (online… doesn’t cut it), and support local retailers.

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