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Welcome to the A-B Tech Bookstore

The Bookstore is located in the Bailey Student Services Center. We provide all needed course materials for curriculum and Continuing Education classes. The store sells classroom supplies, art supplies, and College apparel. The Bookstore also has a convenience store featuring cold drinks, snacks, and candy.

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Regular Store Hours:


9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.


9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday:



Charging Uniforms to Financial Aid

If you are going to be using financial aid to purchase uniforms for the fall 2018 semester, you must attend one of the following financial aid sessions at Read's Uniforms:

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 from 2:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 from 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.


In order to verify availability of funds, A-B Tech staff will be present during these sessions. This will be the only time that Financial Aid can be billed by Read's Uniforms prior to the disbursement of financial aid. After the close of the session on July 25, no additional charges may be made to financial aid by Read's Uniforms.

Selecting uniforms and shoes for your program can take between twenty minutes to one hour, depending on your needs. Because of the limited amount of time that A-B Tech staff will be present to process financial aid orders, we strongly encourage you to come prior to the financial aid sessions to make your uniform selections. Once you make your selections, Read's staff will create a quote for you. When you return to the store during the financial aid sessions, we will make the deduction from your financial aid and convert your quote to an in-process order.


This is only for students who are using financial aid; any students paying out of pocket can go directly to Read's Uniforms location at:

123 Sweeten Creek Rd. Ste. D, Asheville, NC 28803

(828) 277-6380


Below are links to the estimated costs of allowable purchases:

Baking and Pastry - Male

Baking and Pastry - Female

Basic Law Enforcement

Brewing - Male

Brewing - Female

Cosmetology - Male

Cosmetology - Female

Culinary - Male

Culinary - Female

Dental Assisting

Dental Hygiene

EMT - Male

EMT - Female

Esthetics - Male

Esthetics - Female

Fire Academy

Hospitality Management - Male

Hospitality Management - Female

Manicuring - Male

Manicuring - Female

**Prices may vary slightly due to sizes.


Typical turnaround time is 7–10 business days for non-embroidered/altered items and 14–17 business days for items that require embroidery or alterations. Turnaround times refer to ALL uniforms, not just those purchased using financial aid.

Classes begin on August 20, so please visit Read’s soon!