Vendors who have lined the walkway adjacent to Storke Plaza for decades may not be allowed to continue selling their goods on campus after this quarter.
Cindy Slater, a vendor who has sold her goods at a table along the Plaza several days a week for the last six years, said merchants will enter discussions with officials from the UCSB Bookstore today. According to Slater, the vendors, who sell wares ranging from incense and posters to jewelry, art, shoes and clothing, were informed last Thursday that the bookstore is considering discontinuing their contracts at the end of the quarter.
“I guess they’re not making as much money,” Slater said. “Business is slowing down for us. When they built the Arbor a couple of years back we lost a lot of customers; less people had to walk by us to the [University Center].”
Slater said merchants such as herself and her neighbors pay $20 a day to the Associated Students to rent space for their booths, while the more desirable spot closer to the Corner Store costs $60 a day.
Officials from the UCSB Bookstore were unavailable for comment as of press time.