Photo of the front window of the CWRU bookstore showing CWRU gear

University bookstore moving to new Uptown location; Dunkin’ headed to “The Tink”

A few changes are in store for two Uptown retailers: the Case Western Reserve University Bookstore (Barnes & Noble) and the adjacent Dunkin’ baked goods and coffee shop.

In March, the university bookstore will move to the south side of Euclid Avenue, to the former ABC Tavern space at 11434 Uptown Ave. The store will close at the end of the business day on Friday, March 4, use the week of spring break for the move, and reopen Monday, March 14, in its new location.

Dunkin’ will close April 15, with plans to reopen in Tinkham Veale University Center by mid-August, replacing Cool Beanz, a coffee and baked goods shop that opened there in 2015. Remodeling to accommodate the new Dunkin’ location will start after commencement on May 15.

The bookstore and Dunkin’ are moving because the university chose not to renew its lease in the current location and instead relocate both retailers to space the university owns—both on the main campus and in Uptown, the retail, dining, residential and arts district at Euclid Avenue and Mayfield Road in University Circle. 

In 2012, the university leased 23,450 square feet of newly built space from MRN Ltd., Uptown’s main developer. Since then, the space has housed the university bookstore, an Apple kiosk and Dunkin’.

“The bookstore will remain in Uptown in a highly visible and accessible location,” said Richard Jamieson, vice president of campus services.

The relocated bookstore will generally carry the same items, including the full-service Apple store. However, the new space will be smaller, reflecting changes in industry and consumer preferences, such as virtual and hybrid stores, which require less space, Jamieson said. Trade books and Case Western Reserve University logo merchandise will continue to be sold at the new location.

Bon Appetit manages the Dunkin’ store for Case Western Reserve. The move to Tinkham Veale University Center may also bring new Dunkin’ menu options, said Beth Nochomovitz, the university’s director of auxiliary services. “Our intent is to at least have it remain as is and, if space allows, possibly add offerings,” she said. “Dunkin’ continually revises its menu.”