Hastings will celebrate 15 years of business selling books, movies and music to the Kirksville community May 19 as part of a customer appreciation day.
Hastings has been successful in Kirksville during the last 15 years because of the many different services, such as buying used items, and products it offers the community, store manager Aaron Chester said.
He said stores like Borders have gone out of business because they have a product range that is too narrow.
“We offer the best of the best,” Chester said. “We offer a much more diverse, broad range to the community. Other companies don’t do as much.”
The plans for the event are still undetermined, but Chester said there will be an assortment of activities for community members to participate in throughout the day.
Chester said most of the events will occur during the early afternoon, but there will be several morning events for children. A few of the events include free door prizes, a video game tournament and story time for children, as well as games and giveaways.
“We really just want to offer some events and excitement to have people come in and get excited about coming to Hastings,” Chester said.
The store is planning to have several local authors, such as Chris Burkholder, author of “Amish Confidential” attend the event to sign autographs and talk about their books, Chester said. He said it is important to Hastings to include local artists because those artists use the store as an outlet to sell their work.
Sophomore Kaitlin Hallahan said she enjoys going to Hastings with friends and checking out new releases of different types of entertainment.
“I think it’s a really cool store because I like to read, watch movies and listen to music,” Hallahan said. “Hastings has all of that.”
Hallahan said the customer appreciation day is a different way for the store to give back to the community. She said she would love to attend the event, especially because she never has been to a customer appreciation day before.