New bookstore opening marks beginning of business boom

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Chen Bai

CWRU students, staff, and faculty members, in addition to University Circle community members, have long awaited the opening of the Uptown project. On Monday, March 19, the Barnes and Noble bookstore, which replaced the bookstore previously located in the Thwing Student Center, opened its doors. Future tenants for the Uptown project include Verizon Wireless, Constantino’s Market, and Panera Bread.

Greg Bokar, Assistant News Editor

The brand-new Barnes and Noble located on the north side of the Case Western Reserve University campus opened its doors on Monday, March 19. The Barnes and Noble will be the new home of the CWRU bookstore, which was formerly located in the Thwing Student Center and closed just before spring break.

The Barnes and Noble will house textbooks for students to purchase for classes, in addition to the usual plethora of books found in other Barnes and Noble bookstores. The new store will also offer CWRU apparel and souvenirs.

The new 18,300 square-foot bookstore is located on the corner of Euclid Ave. and E 115th St. as a part of the Uptown project. Barnes and Noble is the first of several stores and businesses slated to open on the newly developed property. Other future tenants include Constantino’s Market, Verizon Wireless, Chipotle, and Panera Bread.

Verizon and the new grocery store are both scheduled to open in the next few weeks. The other tenants are expected to move in over the summer with business in session by the beginning of classes next semester.

The opening of Barnes and Noble marks the start of some exciting construction in the University Circle area. Other construction projects include the new Courtyard Marriott, which just began construction on Cornell Rd., and the Museum of Contemporary Art, which expects to open next fall.