University Claims ‘Apple Store’ Coming to Bookstore

May 11, 2011

On the heels of Apple’s plans to open a retail store in a campus building at Yale University (Conn.), the University of Delaware Board of Trustees have announced that a new bookstore opening this fall will include an Apple store. The board provided no details, and it’s not clear if the store will be a full-size, full-service company store or a smaller campus-style, reseller store. Insiders say Apple had plans to locate several of its mini-stores on college campuses back in 2006, but for some reason the entire mini-store concept went dormant. Last year the University of Delaware extended its contract with Barnes & Noble for 15 years, and allowed them to demolish several campus buildings along East Main Street. The project will include a new 60,000 square-foot bookstore, a Starbucks and other concessions. At its meeting yesterday, the university’s board said the new B&N bookstore will open August 30th, but didn’t say if the Apple store would open at the same time. Apple already has a campus-style store at UofD, and a full-size store at the Christiana Mall, about six miles away. The latter store draws customers from a wide region, since Delaware has no sales tax.

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