Representatives from Temple University and Barnes & Noble College recently came together to host a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of the new Temple University Center City Campus Bookstore and café. The additions are part of a $2.75 million renovation project for the Temple University Center City campus and complements Dilworth Park, which reopened across the street in September after extensive renovations.
The improvements to the 130,000-square-foot Center City campus building, located at one of Philadelphia’s premier intersections, include a wider and more inviting lobby with digital displays, a new glass and steel canopy, and new exterior signage. The new bookstore and café offer a variety of food, snacks and beverages, textbooks, school supplies, and Temple-branded merchandise and apparel.
“We have the best location in Center City, being right across from City Hall and right on top of the transportation hub of the region,” said Temple University Center City executive Director William Parshall. “We’re right in the middle of it.”
That central location will not only serve students attending the Center City campus, but also the surrounding community. The campus bookstore and cafe completed the second phase of a major renovation to the Center City campus located at 1515 Market St., just west of City Hall.
The first phase included an updated canopy, lighting and signage on the building’s exterior, as well as a new lobby. “This beautiful new store, in the best location in Center City, will serve many purposes and be many things to this great community,” said Chris Peterson, Vice President of Stores for Barnes & Noble College, at the grand opening. “As we join Temple in celebrating this newly renovated building and development, we at Barnes & Noble College are also celebrating a valued long-term partnership with Temple University. I can’t think of a better way to acknowledge this partnership than to dedicate a new bookstore that will, for generations to come, help your students to expand their intellectual, creative, and social horizons.”