Uploaded by KRWGnews on Aug 13, 2011. 08.15.11 (LAS CRUCES) — There are plenty of things for just about anybody at the new Barnes & Noble at New Mexico State University.
“It’s like a museum. I walk around here, and even though I helped put stuff in, I’m still amazed at what’s in here,” said Kyle Pierson of New Mexico State University.
The book store is a 44,998 square foot building.
“We’ve got three fireplaces, two inside and one outside and then they can enjoy coffee, read a book, sit by the fireplace and really enjoy what’s being offered here,” he said.
The facility houses both retail and university office space. There’s even a Starbucks inside. Store managers say parking won’t be an issue. They’ve already reserved a total of 78 free parking spots, each available for two hours. A parking enforcement officer is on hand to ensure the spots are used efficiently and effectively.
“You’re always concerned what parking issues are going to be and we knew we wanted to at least be able to open up some additional parking spots for the campus community,” said Pierson.
There are old pictures hanging through out the store. There’s even old issues of the student newspaper “The Round Up” on display and plenty of books of to read.
“We have an expanded general reading department. Everything from very small children up to general reading for adults,” said Joanna Koliva, general manager.
Leaders with the new facility say the book store isn’t just for students, everyone is welcome especially now that it’s officially open.
“Part of moving this store to this central location right off of University avenue was a hope that we would not only provide for the campus community, but welcoming the greater Las Cruces community in to the store as well,” she said.
Reported by Carlos Correa.