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Surplus store stocks up downtown

February 7, 2014
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Surplus store stocks up downtown
The GVSU surplus store in downtown Grand Rapids sells used items from the university. Courtesy GVSU

A university’s hand-me-downs are for sale downtown.

Grand Valley State University recently said it plans to open a surplus store in Grand Rapids this Saturday, at 140 Front Ave. SW, with free parking available next door at the Watson and Front parking lots.

As part of GVSU’s sustainability initiative, the store will sell university inventory no longer used by departments, said Aaron Caccamo, a GVSU strategic sourcing specialist, who is acting as the unofficial store manager.

Inventory

The store’s inventory includes items like iMacs, laptops, keyboards, printers, TVs, office furniture, clothing and industrial equipment.

All profits will be returned to GVSU’s general fund and hopefully be used to chip away at tuition costs, Caccamo said.

Computers could range anywhere from $40-$180.

Caccamo added that some items are still in such good condition they seem practically brand new.

“A lot of this inventory is older, but the university took very good care of it,” Caccamo said. “It took me back how nice everything still was — good quality.”

Hours TBD

The store’s grand opening is this Saturday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Caccamo said the store’s regular hours have not been decided, and they will mainly depend on the inventory provided by the university’s departments.

There is also a plan to build a website for customers to view and purchase items online.

“The goal is that as we go through the process and it becomes streamlined and second nature to the departments, my anticipation is that we would have more set hours,” Caccamo said.  

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