Barnes & Noble to operate Quincy College bookstore
August 14, 2014
By Patrick Ronan
Quincy - Barnes & Noble is preparing to open a new store on the Quincy College campus at Presidents Place by the end of this month.
Earlier this summer, the bookstore chain was awarded the contract to operate the college’s bookstore, previously located in a storefront next to the Hancock Cemetery. The former store, operated by eFollett, closed in late June.
Taggart Boyle, a spokesman for the college, said the new bookstore – to be named Barnes & Noble at Quincy College – will sell text books and merchandise for students, as well as best-seller books and office supplies for the public.
“It’s going to be a resource not only for the college, which is great, but also for the community,” Boyle said Wednesday.
The new college bookstore will be located inside the Galleria At Presidents Place, the downtown plaza that houses Quincy College and more than 20 other tenants, including Harvard Vanguard, Dunkin' Donuts and the Adams National Historical Park Visitor Center.
Presidents Place, owned by Related Beal and Boston Andes Capital, also has a five-story parking garage and it abuts the Ten Faxon apartment complex.
The bookstore is moving into the space formerly used by the college’s student services center, which has been relocated. The previously unused door facing Hancock Street will be one of two entrances into the bookstore, along with the atrium.
Many Barnes & Noble stores sell Starbucks coffee, but the Quincy location won’t because the Dunkin' Donuts in Presidents Place has a no-compete clause in its lease, Boyle said.
Nationally, bookstores have struggled as the popularity of e-books, viewed on digital devices such as Kindle, have surged. Bookstore sales fell by more than 20 percent from 2007 to 2013, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2013, Barnes & Noble announced it would close up to a third of its stores in the next decade.
The only other bookstore in Quincy is New England Comics at 1511 Hancock St., though it sells mostly graphic novels.
Just outside the new Barnes & Noble, a $7.9 million roadway project is underway that is meant to set the stage for a new downtown park tentatively called Adams Green.
On Wednesday, Christopher Walker, a spokesman for Mayor Thomas Koch, clarified the city’s plans to pay for the park, estimated to cost $25 million. Koch, he says, will seek funding through the state’s Infrastructure Investment Incentive Program, or I-Cubed, the approval of which hinges on the city’s ability to generate new tax revenue from its now-stalled downtown redevelopment project.
Walker said new tax revenue from three residential projects proposed downtown – at the former Beth El Temple, the former Central Middle School and at 10 Merrymount Road – can’t be used to secure I-Cubed funding. However, he said the new property taxes could be used to help the city pay back $40 million in debt that it accrued to pay for a new concourse and for other downtown planning purposes.