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Building Also Includes Starbucks

July 15, 2013

WHEELING — For local leaders, the opening of a Barnes & Noble bookstore inside West Virginia Northern Community College’s new Student Activities Center this morning represents hope for a retail......

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Jul-16-13 3:34 PM

This is good news. I hope it prospers.

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Jul-16-13 9:11 AM

WVNCC has been a godsend to what is left of downtown Wheeling. That they have a book store and Starbucks is a great thing, especially for people who work downtown. Sort of fills our stereotype that people feel its necessary to rage against books. Books. If everyone got their books on line we would not still have big bookstores. Many still like to have books in hand, to highlight, to refer back, books goood, books not bad, Tarzan. People sometimes collect books and get signatures as gifts or from the author at book signings. They have actual value. Trying to pretend to be ultra cool and raging against books conveys the exact opposite. What? We have a new business in the downtown..ooh its flippy paper things, no thanks I will just stay with facebook or if I ever read a book I will keep it on my Kindle. If ever. We doan wan no stinkin' bookstore. Books/mags/decent coffee, hooray. And in Wheeling no one will ever steal your book. So its a personal safety thing.

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Jul-16-13 6:35 AM

I would have killed for this five or ten years ago. A Starbucks downtown is welcome. The building looks very nice as well. And college students buy books, so it is not a waste.

Heck, the only thing we could get for years were "coffee shops" that sold less coffee and more sleezy gambling.

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Jul-15-13 11:40 PM

Who is the owner of the Starbucks?

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Jul-15-13 11:09 PM

You have to love the Negative Nellies that come on here to talk trash about anything good that happens in Wheeling. Books-A-Million does a pretty decent business at the Highlands. I would much rather hold a real book in my hand than buy an e-book. You would also be surprised by the number of people who would patronize this establishment. I am not a big fan of Starbucks but I will visit as often as possible. Instead of being so negative and bringing everyone down, why not check the place out and enjoy it. Oh wait! That's right! You already spent your tax money on the bricks out front! My bad!

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Jul-15-13 8:45 PM

A town without a book store is not complete.

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Jul-15-13 5:39 PM

I believe B&N does sell online, choker. Bricks and mortar bookstores are not obsolete, though.

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Jul-15-13 5:34 PM

Now that's what I call economic development, and right downtown. Best news in years.

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Jul-15-13 4:01 PM

Great job WVNCC et al.

My hair is not on fire.

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Jul-15-13 4:01 PM

Mr. Mayor, this is NOT mission accomplished, it is a down payment on the retail and business improvements that the citizens of Wheeling are expecting of you. Keep up the good work.

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Jul-15-13 2:57 PM

For once I agree with Croakingsmoker.

Can we spell "Borders" bookstores?

B&N is STRUGGLING to compete in Kindle/Ipad world.

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Jul-15-13 12:56 PM

"WVNCC purchased both properties for a total of $1.05 million and spent another $4 million or so to renovate the structures."

That funding came from the tax payer....

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