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Barnes & Noble to open college bookstore at Aloha Tower

By Star-Advertiser Staff


Hawaii Pacific University said today it has selected Barnes & Noble College to operate its bookstores, including a new store at Aloha Tower.

HPU was given approval by the state earlier this year to take over the Aloha Tower Marketplace, which it plans to use as retail space, dorm rooms and classrooms.

“We are pleased to have selected Barnes & Noble College and are particularly excited about what this will mean for our Aloha Tower project,” said Geoffrey Bannister, president of HPU.

The Barnes & Noble at the Aloha Tower will be on the first floor, in a 7,200-square-foot space previously occupied by Pipe Dreams Surf Company and facing Ala Moana Boulevard.

“The store is intended to be a hybrid, offering the best of the traditional Barnes & Noble experience along with merchandise both for college customers and tourists. An opening date is expected to be announced in coming weeks,” HPU said in a news release.

Barnes & Noble will take over operations at HPU’s Downtown and Hawaii Loa Campus bookstores in August before moving the Downtown Campus bookstore to Aloha Tower Marketplace in the upcoming 2013-14 school year, HPU said.

While Barnes & Noble College operates more than 700 campus stores nationwide, this will be its first higher education bookstore in Hawaii, HPU said.

Barnes & Noble has two stores on Oahu, at Kahala Mall and Ala Moana Center. The Kahala Mall store will be replaced with a Ross Dress for Less.

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Sunny wrote:
Will the Aloha Tower Barnes & Nobel have a Starbucks within? If not I'm sure Starbucks would like to have a location in AT.
on July 16,2013 | 12:32PM
islandmom wrote:
Starbucks used to have a stand-alone location at Aloha Tower, but closed it a few years ago. Of course, with this change and the influx of HPU students. it's a different ball game.
on July 16,2013 | 04:20PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
This is a very good move for all parties involved-- AT, B&N, HPU, the students, and buying public in Hawaii in general. I still wish B&N hadn't decided to close the Kahala branch (and can't believe they chose to do so). This is somewhat a consolation.
on July 16,2013 | 01:11PM
allie wrote:
on July 16,2013 | 03:07PM
krusha wrote:
Hopefully they don't go bankrupt in a few years like Borders...
on July 16,2013 | 02:01PM
Mediocrates wrote:
Sounds like a great idea, especially with the Kahala B&N closing down (such a shame!) good to know they will have another outlet in the center of the city.
on July 16,2013 | 02:42PM
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