“The biggest difference is the addition of a café and a marketplace with an expanded selection of convenience items, such as more Pepsi coolers, a freezer for frozen goods, and a reach-in cooler for sandwiches and salads,” said Barnes & Noble General Manager Jack Smith. “There’s also more room for general merchandise such as school supplies and electronics.”
Called Café NOVA, the eatery serves hot and cold sandwiches, pizza, cookies, soup and salads, as well as such breakfast items as bagels and muffins.
“We have all the same menu items as a traditional Starbucks,” Smith said.
Twenty-four indoor seats will be supplemented by outdoor seating when the weather permits.
In addition to more space and amenities, the bookstore will be open extra hours, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays.
“Everyone at Barnes & Noble is very excited to be opening another café at NOVA,” Smith said. “We have no doubt it will be a huge success.”
Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America’s largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College’s website, www.nvcc.edu.