Sycamore spirit runs throughout the new Barnes & Noble Indiana State University (ISU) Bookstore. From the blue walls, to the “March On” logo in the entryway, to the sycamore leaf detailing on the stair rail of the grand staircase, the much anticipated superstore opened for business this month in downtown Terre Haute, Indiana, to a ceremonial ribbon-cutting.
The bookstore, which runs almost a full block long, was formerly located in the Commons at ISU’s Hulman Memorial Student Union. Now, with 19,500 square feet of space, the bookstore has a full-service café with seating for over 50 customers, free Wi-Fi, general reading books, textbooks, spirit wear and gifts, and school supplies.
The bookstore is sharing the new building with the Indiana State University (ISU) Foundation. Bookstore Manager Derek Holbert, thinks the connection with ISU Foundation is a great one. “We’re very excited to have partnered with the Indiana State University Foundation,” said Derek. “We think this is a great space and a great opportunity for the both of us.”
Although the building is new, Barnes & Noble College has managed the Indiana State University bookstore for more than twenty years. Chris Peterson, director of stores for Barnes & Noble College, who 22 years ago helped with the initial bookstore transition, said the new store represents the latest advancement in a decades-long partnership.
“From the very beginning, we knew this would be a successful relationship,” said Peterson. “Why? Because we are both committed to giving ISU the best bookstore possible.” Read more about the Indiana State University Bookstore grand opening on the ISU Newsroom online.
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