Barnes & Noble taking over college bookstore

By Ryan Jeltema • Last Updated 2:48 pm on Monday, November 14, 2011

SIDNEY — One of the most well-known names in books is taking over Montcalm Community College’s on-campus bookstore.
The store will become a Barnes & Noble beginning Dec. 1 under a five-year agreement the college’s Board of Trustees approved on Tuesday evening.
College President Bob Ferrentino said the deal will benefit students and the community at large. The store, located in the college’s Activities Building in Sidney, will carry a wide selection of books and MCC gear.
Specifically for students, the store will offer an expanded line of rental books and e-books, which cost significantly less than traditional textbooks. Barnes & Noble also can enhance some curriculum with software on its Nook tablet reader.
“There’s just a lot of good advantages that we can provide students,” Ferrentino said. “What we can’t do as an individual bookstore they can do well. We’re looking forward to offering expanded and better services to our students and our community.”
He said the deal with Barnes & Noble is structured so the store can’t raise prices significantly.
“There won’t be any substantial increases at all compared to where we’ve been,” Ferrentino said. “Textbooks are expensive enough without having to go that way.”
But the college still will reap a financial windfall by receiving a portion of Barnes & Noble’s sales. Ferrentino wouldn’t disclose what percentage the college will receive but said it will “help us improve our cash flow nicely.”
College officials had long talks about rebranding the bookstore this year and Barnes & Noble is the only company they negotiated with.
The bookstore will be closed the last week of November so it can be rebranded as Barnes & Noble. The company has offered to remodel the store at its expense.
The store will reopen in early December.

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