2nd University Sees Bookstore, Apple Store Opportunity

July 8, 2011

Just two months after learning that Apple would be moving into a former bookstore near a major university just up the road, Fairfield University (Conn.) officials are trying to close a similar deal. On Wednesday the school’s president formally announced the university’s on-campus bookstore will move into the former Borders Books in the city’s downtown, and was “in discussions with an industry leading computer retailer to have a presence in the bookstore.” He did not name Apple specifically, but added that Fairfield was also negotiating with “an internationally known coffeehouse retailer” for a café. The red-brick building at 1499 Post Road covers about 23,500 square-feet on two levels and a basement. The university’s project mirrors a plan announced last April by Yale University to take over a former Barnes & Noble bookstore in New Haven (Conn.), just 25 miles northeast of Fairfield. New Haven building permits show Apple will install a street-level, storefront location there, opening this November. The University of Delaware announced a new bookstore last May, and claimed Apple would have a presence, but officials have provided no further statements. Both Borders Books and Barnes & Noble have suffered financially over the past two years, and have recently been closing stores in the face of bankruptcy and a sell-off. Borders vacated the Post Road location last May. Fairfield University is a private, Jesuit-based school with about 5,000 students.

Watch a TV news video about the new bookstore. Download (pdf) the Fairfield Center floor plan and a lease listing.

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