JCTC contracts with Barnes & Noble on revamped bookstore – Louisville Business First – Louisville Business First

Jefferson Community and Technical College’s bookstore reopened in an upgraded location Tuesday, a move to revitalize the entryway to the campus and Louisville’s Downtown.
The building at 200 W. Broadway is co-owned by JCTC and architecture firm Luckett & Farley (the latter is the majority owner.) The building was previously owned by the Jefferson Foundation. Leaders from the college, foundation and architecture firm collaborated on the design.
Because the building was owned by the foundation and not the college, JCTC President Ty Handy said development couldn’t be made with funding from the college.
“We had this great structure, but we didn’t have the finances and resources to be able to really bring it along,” Handy said. “Luckett & Farley stepped up to the plate with their commitment to this community and [South of Broadway] industry development, and they’ve partnered with us to help find that financing.”
Luckett & Farley previously worked with JCTC on its master plan. The total investment cost was not immediately available.
“Revitalization of our Downtown is more important now than ever,” said William Maffett, Luckett & Farley higher education marketing director. “…We continue to seek out projects to make our community better.”
The 9,090-square-foot store is operated by Barnes & Noble College, one of the largest operations of college bookstores in the U.S.
Bookstores at all 16 colleges in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System are administered by Barnes & Noble College.
The building, previously a bank, was adapted for retail use with Abel Construction as the general contractor. JCTC’s bookstore was previously in the basement of a nearby building. The new storefront is at street level on the corner of Second Street and Broadway. 
The store will sell textbooks, JCTC merchandise and include a marketplace of snacks and reading materials.
Upgrades to the space include flooring and paint, mechanical changes, structural repairs and modernization for energy efficiency. The first four floors of the building were renovated.
“How this area looks and feels is so important in terms of a first impression for Louisville,” Handy said. “We want to be a partner with the city, with Luckett & Farley, and other organizations in making sure we do everything we can to make this corridor feel as inviting and leave as good an impression as possible.”
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