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Troy Welcomes New Barnes & Noble Store

By: Patrick Claybon Email
By: Patrick Claybon Email

The constantly changing campus of Troy University opened the doors to its newest addition Monday morning, the Barnes and Noble Campus Bookstore.

And, while the name might be the same as before, the store area brings about some positive change.

"I have worked with them for nine years. I was at the old bookstore and it's quite a change,” says Betty Phillips. "We love the openness of the store. We have more windows for lighting."

There is more than just the structure of the building and the space, but also an entire new line of Troy merchandise fills the racks and tables in the new bookstore, which is something university officials wanted to bring to the campus for some time.

"Students have expectations and instead of trying to manage expectations we need to start meeting them,” says Sohail Agboatwala, of Student Services. "A student is a customer who can choose to come here or go to the other three schools in the state or anywhere else they want."

The biggest change to the store might be it's integration with Starbucks, as now, students and faculty will have access to the full version of the coffee chain, something that is impressive to new students as incoming freshman Rashaud Miles explains. "At the school where I come from, you don't see any of this stuff except if you go to the mall. So I'm very fortunate to have a school that has all this and the opportunities."

Though the Barnes and Noble is open for business, the official grand opening will be the day of summer graduation, which is July 27th.


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