Loma Linda University (LLU), the small, private health and sciences university in San Bernardino County that turns out top-notch graduates in the fields of science and medicine now has a first-class bookstore to support its campus.
The private, four-year Seventh-day Adventist university recently partnered with Barnes & Noble College to operate The Campus Store at Loma Linda University. To mark the redesign and total renovation of the bookstore, a grand opening celebration was held.
Jeremy Hubbard, Director of Business Innovation for Loma Linda University, said the renovation made the bookstore a more welcoming, vibrant environment. “When I walk in there now, it’s a place that I want to hang out and relax – similar to the Barnes & Noble brick-and-mortar stores,” Hubbard said. “It’s the kind of place you wouldn’t mind picking up a book, sitting down and hanging out for a couple of hours. With our previous store, you went there to get your business done and then leave.”
Imani Abraham, an LLU student and store employee, praised the new color scheme of red and olive green, and for providing a more convenient and welcoming shopping experience for students, faculty and the surrounding Loma Linda community. “Seeing the store now is mind-blowing,” Abraham said. “It looks fantastic and the student employees are more customer-friendly now. Everyone is excited about the new store.”
In addition to the items students found in the previous store, the new space offers a variety of textbook options (new, used, rental and digital), school and medical supplies, snacks, university gift items, and boasts one of the largest assortment of medical reference books of any university in the state of California. The store also houses a Spirit Shop selling Loma Linda University apparel and a Tech Store, selling the latest computers, computer accessories, NOOK® readers and tablets. The store also added a “campus living room” for general reading with comfy seating for students to read and study.
“This was a full store renovation done with the intent to create a dynamic, relevant retail space second to none,” said Denise Nakakihara, Barnes & Noble College Regional Manager. “The end result is a warm and welcoming store that reflects and supports the needs of Loma Linda University and the surrounding community.”
Barnes & Noble hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration, in conjunction with LLU and the Loma Linda Chamber of Commerce, as a way to celebrate the newly transformed campus store and spread awareness to the community. “I was thrilled that so many University stakeholders and community leaders attended the event,” Nakakihara said. “It was an incredible opportunity for all to celebrate the joining of Barnes & Noble with LLU and all of the possibilities this partnership provides.”
Hubbard added that what impressed the University the most about Barnes & Noble College is its commitment to collaborate with the campus to create a retail space that is reflective of the culture and methodologies of Loma Linda. He said that Barnes & Noble’s renovation to The Campus Store has completely changed the image of the bookstore while still maintaining Loma Linda’s spirit and personality.
“Every time I walk into the store now there are people everywhere saying ‘Hi, how are you? How’re you doing? How’s your day? Can I help you find something?’” Hubbard said. “I would have never experienced that in the last six years that I’ve worked here. To me, that speaks volumes about the way Barnes & Noble does business. We couldn’t be happier.”