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Convention Center Expansion Could Force Campus Costume To Move Again

Campus Costume wall.

Campus Costume co-owner John McGuire. The costume store moved downtown in 2017 after IU decided to demolish its previous location. (Brock Turner/WTIU News)

The Monroe County Convention Center expansion could force Campus Costume to move for the second time in two years.

Indiana University tore down the shop’s old location at Crosstown Plaza on 10th Street a couple of years ago. Campus Costume relocated just south of downtown on College Avenue.

But the city recently purchased the property as part of its plans to push the convention center expansion north.

John McGuire co-owns the business with his wife. He says they are afraid they won’t be able to find an affordable space to rent.

"I have a feeling from our search almost two years ago, what’s available is going to be out of our price range,” McGuire says.

McGuire says Campus Costume still has a year left on its current lease, but after that they aren’t sure where the business will move or whether it will remain open.

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