Two Barnes & Noble College bookstores were recently featured in the Sixth Annual Store Design Showcase issue of The College Store magazine. The July/August 2011 issue spotlighted college stores from across the country and Barnes & Noble @ FIU and Barnes & Noble @ Emory University were chosen as outstanding examples of a renovation and new construction, respectively.
No longer the college bookstore of yesteryear, today’s stores have branched out to include study spaces, cafés, and technology centers, as well textbooks, school supplies, and school spirit clothing.
Renovated in the summer of 2010, the two-level Barnes & Noble @ FIU (Florida International University) on-campus bookstore features customer extras that include a café selling Starbucks products, an exterior patio, and a TV lounge with generous space for students to socialize and study.
The 24,000 square foot store showcases a large inventory of books, school supplies, FIU insignia clothing, and gifts. A remodeled, high-energy convenience store is adjacent to the bookstore in the heart of FIU’s Graham Center, providing a wide variety of convenience snack foods along with a free recharge station for students to connect and charge their cellphone devices on the fly.
“I’ve gotten so many people telling me that this is the most beautiful bookstore they’ve ever been in, which is a great compliment to the construction crew, Barnes & Noble and the staff here, which makes sure every day that we’re ready to open and ready for business.” ─ FIU Bookstore Manager Meaghan Connolly
The newly-constructed Barnes & Noble @ Emory University superstore consolidated its former main bookstore with the medical bookstore and the Druid Hills Bookstore – moving to its new location on Oxford Road. The three-level bookstore is part of the new LEED-certified Oxford Road complex, which opened in the summer 2010. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally-recognized green building certification system.
The eco-friendly bookstore now offers approximately 40,000 book titles and will also include a general audience area for literary and artistic performances to better serve the greater Emory community. The 29,000 square foot store also contains a computer and technology center as well as an expanded convenience food area.
“These spaces are designed to facilitate additional opportunities for interaction with faculty and students in a more casual setting and to foster the ad hoc intellectual energy so wonderfully inherent on university campuses.”
─ Mike Mandl, Emory University’s executive vice president for finance and administration
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