Varsity Bookstore to close after more than 80 years

Published: Sep. 20, 2022 at 10:40 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 20, 2022 at 7:31 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - After 88 years serving Texas Tech students and the Lubbock community, Varsity Bookstore announced Tuesday it will be closing by the end of 2022.

The bookstore located at 1305 University Ave. made the announcement via social media. Effective immediately Varsity will no longer be buying back textbooks, selling e-books or renting course material, according to its website. A Lubbock staple since 1934, the store is offering huge discounts to get rid of stock.

Discounts include: 40% off clothing, caps and hats, accessories, gifts and decor, decals, auto accessories, art supplies, school and office; 25% off graduation regalia (cap, gown, tassel, stole, honor cords); and 10% off diploma frames.

“After COVID, buying habits changed rapidly. Publishers are pushing E-books and direct downloads. Supply chain has been a huge issue in getting in products and material in time. We can’t thank you enough for your business!” Varsity shared on its Facebook post. A set date for closing was not mentioned.

The website says all sales are final and cannot be combined with other coupons or discounts.

The bookstore is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Varsity is closed on Sundays.