New Barnes & Noble/Starbucks Celebrated in Downtown Camden
College, university, city, county and state officials gathered recently to celebrate the establishment of a Barnes & Noble bookstore and Starbucks café in downtown Camden following an investment of $570,000 by the bookstore and the three institutions of higher education that it serves.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Barnes & Noble University District Bookstore, which serves students at Camden County College’s, Rutgers University’s and Rowan University’s Camden campuses and also serves the surrounding community as a public book and coffee shop, was conducted Nov. 3. The site is the first Barnes & Noble college store in the United States to serve three institutions of higher education.
Among those speaking during the event were Camden County College President Raymond Yannuzzi, Rutgers University–Camden Vice Chancellor Larry Gaines, Rowan University at Camden Dean Tyrone McCombs, Mayor Dana L. Redd, Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli Jr. and Freeholder Ian K. Leonard. Also offering remarks was Joyce Armand, Barnes & Noble regional manager. Each noted that the location of retail endeavors such as Barnes & Noble and Starbucks downtown is an important step forward for the city as well as a demonstration of belief in the city’s recovery.
“Today we officially open the Starbuck’s café – and the completely renovated Barnes & Noble University District Bookstore – a shining example of Camden’s revitalization,” Yannuzzi said. “This beautiful 13,500-square-foot academic, cultural and convenience component of the city has undergone a $500,000 renovation that is the result of the work of many individuals, partners and dedicated anchor institutions.”
The Barnes & Noble University District Bookstore and 51-seat Starbucks café is located on the first floor of Camden County College’s Camden Technology Center at Broadway and Cooper Street. The College opened the University District Bookstore in 2003 as the first new commercial venture completed in the city under the Camden Municipal Rehabilitation and Economic Recovery Act.
This year, the retail outlet was reborn as a Barnes & Noble college store following extensive renovations made possible by a $350,000 investment by the bookseller and an additional $220,000 investment by the three higher education institutions. The current contract with Barnes & Noble College Stores will continue through 2015.
Published: November 10, 2011