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Corner of Dorr Street and Secor Road
Toledo, OH 43606
Barnes & Noble grand opening at Gateway July 11
Barnes & Noble will hold a grand opening on Wednesday, July 11 for their new store at The University of Toledo’s Gateway Project, which will also house the new University bookstore.
“The opening of Barnes & Noble is a great way to kick off Gateway phase one and to showcase the institutions commitment to creating a student-centered environment,” said Matt Schroeder, vice president of real estate and business development at The University of Toledo Foundation. “The Gateway project will be a much needed destination for students and help to stimulate investment within the Dorr Street commercial corridor.”
The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at noon at the corner of Dorr Street and Secor Road, followed by special events, promotions and appearances.
Thomas Barden, dean of the Honors College, will be signing his book titled “Steinbeck in Vietnam” from 1 to 3 p.m. There will also be a book signing with one of UT’s mascots, Rocky, for his book titled “Here’s Rocky!”
Coupons will be handed out to the first 100 customers on July 11 for specials in the bookstore, and patrons can also register to win prizes such as a NOOK Simple Touch, Starbucks gift cards, UT clothing and gift items and more.
Special appearances will be made by Rocky, Rocksy, Blue Crew and the UT cheerleaders, and entertainment will be provided by UT’s radio station WXUT. Free samples from the convenience area will be served as well as select items from the Starbucks café, which is located within the University bookstore.
The new Barnes & Noble will have a full service Starbucks café with specialty coffee drinks, soups, bagels, cookies, hot pretzels, baked goods and more. It will also have a convenience area with snacks, drinks, health and beauty aids.
The new expanded general reading area will provide customers with a comfortable, quiet place to sit and read. Books available will include more than just textbooks — bestsellers, bargain books and gifts will be available on the new shelves.
There will be a new children’s area with an extensive title list and game section, with story time every Thursday at 11 a.m. beginning in August. Live performances and readings will occur in the café regularly — including performances by UT students.
The bookstore and café will be open Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
In addition to the Barnes & Noble bookstore, the Gateway Project will include Gradkowski’s Sports Grille, Jimmy John’s, Great Clips, YogurtU and other retailers. The upper floors are Lofts at Gateway apartments for UT students. The 48 units will house 112 students in two- and four-bedroom modern, fully furnished apartments.
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