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Catawba College plans to open downtown storefront

SALISBURY — President Brien Lewis said Catawba College will open a storefront on the Square in downtown Salisbury.
Speaking at the community forum Thursday at the F&M Trolley Barn, Lewis announced the new location in the Plaza, which will take the space at the corner of Main and Innes streets previously leased by an insurance company.
“I want to see a vibrant, thriving downtown,” Lewis said.
Catawba will use the space to offer admissions information and sell tickets for sporting events and plays, as well as branded products like apparel, coffee mugs and more. The college will have enough space downtown to offer special programming like musical performances, poetry reading and history lectures, Lewis said.
He said he hopes people who stop at the downtown location will become so interested in Catawba that they will drive up Innes Street to check out the campus.
The city owns the Plaza. Catawba signed a three-year lease for 818 square feet and will pay $500 a month for the first year, $750 a month for the second year and $1,000 a month for the third year.

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