Barnes & Nobel College today opened a Rutgers University-Newark bookstore in the Hahne & Co. building in downtown Newark.
The 10,000 square-foot, two-story store with a entrance on Halsey Street is the first major bookstore to open in Newark in decades.
The bookstore will sell merchandise typically found at other Barnes & Noble retail outlets, but also sells textbooks, course materials, school and art supplies, RU-N apparel, and other university-branded items.
The store also offers grab-and-go snacks and drinks; seating for student study sessions, group meetings, and community gatherings; and an online textbook pickup counter for internet orders.
The bookstore is also in the process of planning future events throughout the year, such as exclusive literary readings and book signings, faculty author events, open-mic poetry readings, and Saturday story hours for children.
The Barnes & Nobel is the first retailer to open in the Hahne's building, which was opened in January after a $174 million renovation. A Whole Foods supermarket, also located in the building, is opening Wednesday.