Hawai‘i Pacific University Selects Barnes & Noble College to Operate Bookstores

July 22, 2013


In a move aimed at enhancing services to students and faculty, and bringing new retail partners to its Aloha Tower Project, Hawai‘i Pacific University (HPU) has selected Barnes & Noble College to operate its campus bookstores. Barnes & Noble will take over operations at HPU’s Downtown and Hawai‘i Loa Campus stores in August before moving the Downtown Campus bookstore to the Aloha Tower Marketplace, the iconic Honolulu waterfront site, in the upcoming 2013-2014 school year. It is also preparing to assume bookstore operations serving HPU’s Military Campus Programs.

Aloha Tower Marketplace

HPU was given approval by the state earlier this year to take over the Aloha Tower Marketplace, which it plans to use as retail space, dorm rooms and classrooms.

Hawaii Pacific Universit y graduates“We are pleased to have selected Barnes & Noble College and are particularly excited about what this will mean for our Aloha Tower project,” said HPU President Geoffrey Bannister. “Its vast experience with other universities, including those in urban settings, will allow us to serve more effectively our campuses and the downtown community more broadly.”

Barnes & Noble College will provide the industry’s largest selection of course materials in a variety of cost-saving formats — rental, used, digital and new. Faculty will also have access to a groundbreaking online community, FacultyEnlight, a streamlined textbook adoption platform that combines advanced search capabilities with detailed information on course material formats, pricing and reviews by other Faculty.

The HPU community of students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends will enjoy campus bookstores that reflect the HPU brand, including a selection of Sea Warrior school spirit apparel, supplies and gifts for friends and family. HPU has 37,000 alumni, about 14,000 of whom live and work in Hawai‘i.

New Home – Expanded Space

In the upcoming school year, the new Barnes & Noble at Hawai‘i Pacific University store will be re-located to the Aloha Tower Marketplace on the first floor of the 7,200-square-foot space that was home to the Pipe Dreams Surf Company. The store will be a hybrid, serving HPU students and faculty as well as the broader downtown community and visitors, said HPU Vice President of Marketing Communications Todd Simmons.

The huge purchasing power of a national chain was one factor in HPU deciding to outsource its bookstore operations, Simmons said. The university reviewed several store management options before selecting Barnes & Noble College.

“The bookstore market is a very fluid and dynamic place right now, even in the college marketplace … so it makes really good sense to bring in a big, experienced outlet like Barnes & Noble to come in and assist us and help us improve what we’re able to provide students, faculty and others,” Simmons said.

In addition to management of the physical bookstore locations, Barnes & Noble College will also operate the university’s bookstore website at, delivering an innovative customized shopping experience and giving students, faculty and alumni the choice and convenience to shop in-store or online for their course materials.

First Stores in Hawai‘i

Barnes & Noble College operates more than 700 campus stores nationwide, and this will be its first higher education bookstore in Hawai‘i.

“We’re very excited to have formed our first partnership in the beautiful state of Hawai‘i,” said Max J. Roberts, CEO of Barnes & Noble College. “We’re looking forward to working with the entire Hawai‘i Pacific University community to offer dynamic campus stores, focused on delivering a retail and digital learning experience that complements this renowned school and supports HPU students, faculty, staff and alumni.”

Hawai‘i Pacific University is the state’s largest private university with 7,500 students from the United States and more than 80 foreign nations. HPU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the Council on Social Work Education and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.