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Barnes and Noble Café Opening Next Week at Lehigh

The Barnes and Noble Café in the Lehigh University Bookstore is scheduled to open for business on Monday, August 11, 2008.

After a month of major construction in the Lehigh University Bookstore, the Barnes and Noble Café is slated to open Monday, August 11, 2008. The Café, which is in the lower level of the Bookstore, will seat over 50 occupants and offers Starbucks regular and iced coffees and specialty drinks. Amenities of the Café include wireless internet and comfortable, spacious seating.

Opening week and until students return, hours are 8-5 pm. Once the semester starts on August 25, extended hours of operation will be 7:30 am to 9:30 pm Monday through Friday, 9:00 am through 9:30 pm on Saturdays and 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on Sundays.

The idea for the Barnes and Noble Café came out of a survey conducted by Lehigh University Business Services last spring. Steve Schatten, the new general manager of the Bookstore, is excited about the atmosphere the Café will generate. “We’re creating a versatile environment well suited for studying and socializing. We are excited about the possibility of using the newly created area for author events."

To make room for the Café, convenience items were relocated into a convenience market next to Johnny’s Bagels called Market on the Square. Market on the Square is also scheduled to open sometime next week. Both locations will have grand opening celebrations sometime during the fall semester.