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Renovated Barnes & Noble Bookstore grand opening set

Following extensive renovations, the newly remodeled Barnes & Noble at Lamar University bookstore - featuring an expansive array of textbooks, general reading books, school supplies and other collegiate merchandise - will hold its grand opening celebration Wednesday, Oct. 31.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. and the event will include refreshments, a Facebook scavenger hunt and special sales. The first 100 customers will receive an eco-friendly tote.

The remodeled bookstore in the Setzer Student Center includes an expanded convenience food section featuring fresh and frozen foods; coffee bar; Cardinal Shop, with a larger selection of Lamar spirit apparel and gifts; and a new student lounge overlooking the courtyard with seating for 31.

"We're thrilled with the new renovation," said bookstore manager Brian Esquivel. "Now, we can offer Lamar University students and faculty even more of what they want and need to succeed academically - while also making this the ideal place to gather, study or just grab a quick bite to eat.

The Barnes & Noble at Lamar University bookstore offers a variety of textbook options that include new, used, rental and digital books. Students will also have the option to order textbooks online, at any time, from lamar.bncollege.com.

The Lamar University bookstore has its own locally managed Facebook page (facebook.com/Lamarbookstore) where students have access to FourSquare promotions and student focused blog, theCollegeJuice.com. Additionally, students can shop for books, clothing or school merchandise directly from the bookstore's Facebook page.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world's largest bookseller and a Fortune 500 company, operates 775 bookstores in 50 states. Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, also operates nearly 700 campus bookstores serving nearly 4.5 million students and more than 250,000 faculty members at colleges and universities across the United States.

For more information, visit bncollege.com.