Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt Bookstore Strikes the Right Note

December 12, 2011

The melodic, multi-layered voices of the Vanderbilt University men’s a cappella group, the Melodores, struck the right note as they kicked off the grand opening of the Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt bookstore on November 11.

The singing group entertained students, faculty, dignitaries, and the local community as part of the grand opening celebration of the new bookstore, located at 2525 West End Avenue, Nashville. Guests also enjoyed giveaways and complimentary coffee served in Vanderbilt mugs and participated in grand-opening sales, gift basket raffles, and chances to win a NOOK Simple Touch™ and NOOK Color™.

Vanderbilt and Nashville Gain New Bookstore

Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt grand opening
Guests celebrate the grand opening of the new Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt bookstore.

The Vanderbilt bookstore’s transformation is a coup for Nashville, which has seen the decline of bricks-and-mortar bookstores in recent years.

“From day one, the vision that Barnes & Noble had for the store – as a futuristic, very welcoming, invigorating space – was really in line with what we were looking for,” said Laura Nairon, Vanderbilt Director of Business Services. “And [Barnes & Noble] really positioned it well for Vanderbilt and the Nashville community.”

Vanderbilt University Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppo and Barnes & Noble College President Max J. Roberts cut the ceremonial ribbon, officially opening the bookstore to Vanderbilt University and the Nashville community.

“At Barnes & Noble, we believe that campus bookstores will play an important role in helping to shape the future of learning, and by working collaboratively with our Vanderbilt partners, the bookstore will become an even more valuable resource for the students of tomorrow, faculty and the surrounding community.” – Max J. Roberts, President, Barnes & Noble College

Bookstore a Hit With Students and Commodore Fans

Already a hit with students, the new store is sure to be a destination for Commodore fans, offering Nashville’s largest selection of officially licensed Vanderbilt merchandise as well as a variety of textbook options, general reading, convenience food items, technology store, and café.

“I was here before and it’s incredible how fast they changed it,” said Vanderbilt University senior Stephen Hollabaugh. “It looks so much better and it’s awesome to have access to all of these books and our supplies – and the coffee, of course. You’ve got to have coffee.”

Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt mugs
Grand opening complimentary Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt mugs.

With its vaulted ceilings, golden walls, natural light and customized décor that highlight Vanderbilt’s history, the space has a warm, welcoming feel that is distinctly Vanderbilt. An escalator is slated to be installed in place of the center stairwell by the end of March 2012.

Vanderbilt football coach James Franklin and basketball coach Melanie Balcomb stopped by the store to greet guests that morning. Later in the day, local author and pastry chef of the renowned Loveless Café, Alisa Huntsman, made an appearance, followed by a book signing of her latest cookbook, Desserts from the Famous Loveless Café. Nashville singer, songwriter, author and “Country Strong” film actress, Marshall Chapman, also made an appearance and performed.

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