by Sam Spence
The College of Charleston kicked open the doors of its new King Street storefront, "The College Corner," today at the intersection of King and George St.
The store sits a block from campus and stocks much of the same CofC gear you can find at the flagship Calhoun St. bookstore, minus the blue books and three-ring binders. Like the main store, College Corner is also operated through an agreement with Barnes and Noble.
For years, the corner retail space was joined with an adjacent parcel under the old Sottile Theater marquee and was home to the Silver Puffin and Barton's. Restoration of the building, owned by College of Charleston, split the two spaces and also includes plans to reopen Sottile's King St. entrance and repurpose the upper floors for meeting and classroom space.
In a press release, President Glenn McConnell said the store will "serve as a gateway to the College for tourists and community members shopping at or walking along one of the top retail districts in America."
Before opening their own store by the same name, the College supposedly got the blessing of the owners of the College Corner convenience store at Beaufain and Coming St., which is popular with students living on or near campus.
The store's manager tells us that they're still ironing out the details, but that extended hours are planned for game days and events like Second Sunday.