Elon University Celebrates Grand Opening of New Bookstore

October 05, 2011
Developer John McDonald cuts the ceremonial grand-opening ribbon.
Developer John McDonald cuts the ceremonial grand-opening ribbon.

Built in record time, the new Barnes & Noble at Elon University bookstore celebrated its grand opening with cheers and a ceremonial ribbon cutting on September 30, 2011. Elon University President Leo M. Lambert marveled at the short time it took to construct the facility. The six-month long construction project began in early February and completed in mid-August, in time for the beginning of the 2011-12 academic year.

“We hope this is the first step in continuing to make Elon, North Carolina, one of the great college towns in American,” Lambert said. “We’re really proud of this new building. We think it has made a big difference in downtown Elon.”

Opened in Time for the Beginning of School

Barnes & Noble College Vice President, Stores Brian Stark had special praise for bookstore manager Kathy Scarborough for opening the store under a tight timeframe.

Barnes & Noble College VP, Stores Brian Stark addresses the crowd.
Barnes & Noble College VP, Stores Brian Stark addresses the crowd.

“Kathy did a tremendous job setting up the bookstore before the start of classes,” said Stark. “Her accomplishments within such a short period of time were pivotal to our successful opening. As a result, we are very proud to provide Elon University and the surrounding community with an unparalleled bookstore experience.”

Cost Savings and Convenience

Barnes & Noble will introduce a number of new and innovative services, many of which are focused on delivering cost savings and convenience to students. With the rising cost of higher education, our bookstores take the lead in offering the widest range of cost-saving textbook options and formats with rental, digital, new, used, and custom textbooks, both online and in the store. And we make it easy for students to purchase their textbooks by accepting cash, check, credit, or financial aid.

In addition to offering textbooks, the new Elon bookstore also has a Spirit Shop, which sells Elon emblematic clothing and gift items, tradebook and reference sections, and a variety of convenience food items.

Elon University is a selective, independent, private university renowned as a national model for engaged learning, along with excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs. Elon’s 5,032 undergraduate and 677 graduate students come from 48 states, the District of Columbia and 49 other countries. It’s beautiful and historic campus in central North Carolina is designated as a botanical garden.

Barnes & Noble College has proudly operated the Elon University bookstore since 1992 and operates more than 630 campus bookstores nationwide from such institutions as Harvard, Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, Indiana University, and Georgia Tech, including 18 in the state of North Carolina.

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