Regents authorize negotiations for new EMU Student Center bookstore operations
YPSILANTI — Eastern Michigan University’s Board of Regents have authorized the administration to negotiate with Follett Higher Education Group to provide bookstore operations in the new EMU Student Center.
“EMU received very competitive and comprehensive bids for its bookstore operation,” said Glenna Frank Miller, director of McKenny Union and the new student center. “After an extensive review process, the bookstore selection committee - which included student leaders, Faculty Council representatives, staff and academic administrators - unanimously recommended that Follett be selected to build out and operate the new EMU bookstore. Follett’s financial proposal, store design, excellent record of outreach and service to faculty, and access to a large used book network more closely met the University’s goals for its bookstore operation,” said Miller.
"We are very proud to have been selected to manage the Eastern Michigan University bookstore and are confident that the new bookstore space in the new student center will become a popular destination on the campus," said Bruce Snyder, marketing vice president for the Follett Higher Education Group. "We will commit all of our resources to the campus, including an aggressive used-book program, a professional and qualified bookstore staff and industry leading technology, to provide a high level of service to the campus community. Our goal is to meet and exceed the needs of our customers and to become a valued member of the campus community."
Follett operates more on-campus college and university bookstores (727) than the other three national campus bookstore companies combined. Follett posted sales of more than $1.5 billion in 2004 and operates the largest college bookstore in the U.S. at the University of Notre Dame, which has more than 70,000 square feet.
Follett’s current plan for the EMU Bookstore includes almost 13,000 square feet. The store will include space for a computer store, which will be managed by the University, and a lounge area with coffee service.
In the past six years, Follett has opened operations at University of California- Berkeley, Vanderbilt University, Stanford University, University of Massachusetts, James Madison University, University of Georgia, University of Florida and Kent State University. The Follett store at EMU will be the company’s first at one of Michigan’s large state universities. Currently, Follett operates bookstores at Grand Rapids Community College, Jackson Community College and Macomb Community College.
The EMU Student Center is expected to open in November 2006. Once a lease is negotiated and approved, work on the bookstore could begin as early as mid-July 2006. Once negotiated, the final terms of the lease will be brought back to the Board for approval at its June meeting.
Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.
Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.
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