NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Area residents will soon have another place to get their Starbucks fix, this time in a book-filled environment.
Monroe College has partnered with Barnes & Noble to open an expanded bookstore in downtown New Rochelle that will feature a Starbucks café, outside public seating, community events area, and other amenities.
The new 9,000-square-foot store, which is expected to open in New Roc City this fall, will replace Monroe’s existing student bookstore at 456 Main Street. In addition to selling textbooks and Monroe College-branded apparel and school supplies, it will serve as a traditional bookstore for the general public, and feature a Starbucks café with early hour-access to accommodate morning rush-hour commuters. Bistro tables and chairs will be added to the outside courtyard area for visitors’ convenience and enjoyment.
“Once completed, our expanded new bookstore will be a vibrant community space that, in addition to serving our students’ textbook needs, will offer local residents a place to pick up a bestseller, meet over coffee, and even occasionally enjoy the talents of local artists and performers,” said Marc Jerome, executive vice president of Monroe College. “We think it will be a great compliment to the city’s downtown revitalization efforts, and look forward to the store’s grand opening.”
“I am delighted to welcome Barnes & Noble and Starbucks to downtown New Rochelle,” added Mayor Noam Bramson. “These two iconic businesses will bring new vitality to the heart of our city and boost our ambitious economic development efforts. Book lovers and coffee drinkers alike can join in applauding Monroe College’s outstanding leadership in making this achievement possible."
Barnes & Noble College, the book retailer’s collegiate division, currently manages the day- to-day operations of Monroe’s bookstores on its campuses in New Rochelle and the Bronx. The retailer serves more than five million students and faculty members across 748 campus stores nationwide.