Best Chain Bookstore

Non-durable Goods IndustryCheesecake FactoryTrumbullHarry CohenDavid Foster WallaceMilford (New Haven, Connecticut)Starbucks Corp.

1st) The Yale Bookstore Barnes & Noble

"When asked what a typical customer is like, trade book manager Harry Cohen responds with one word: “Smart.” His location on Yale's campus offers everything that a regular Barnes & Noble has — but “adjusted for the Yale community.” That means plenty of Nooks (Barnes & Noble's e-reader), plenty of books and plenty of Yale merchandise. (Cohen says that Yale spirit items sell quickly and that “the tourist business is huge.”) The store boasts a cozy café, too, with Cheesecake Factory desserts and Starbucks coffee. Cohen and trade book supervisor Naseema Mohammed are enthusiastic about their upcoming orders, too. They include The Tiger's Wife, the debut novel of Tea Obreht (the youngest writer on the New Yorker's 20-under-40 list), the paperback edition of Kathryn Stockett's The Help, and, of course, plenty of copies of David Foster Wallace's last (and unfinished) novel, The Pale King. Literary fiction, philosophy and political science are among the store's best selling categories. The store also offers a wide range of home furnishings and office supplies. Cohen says that “with such a mix of products, you can furnish a studio with what we have in the store.” Between the reading material, eating material and home furnishings, if the Yale Barnes & Noble didn't close, would you ever really leave? (Hint: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler is on the lower level, in children's.)"

77 Broadway
New Haven
(203) 777-8440

www.yalebookstore.com

 

2nd) Borders Books Music and Café

1201 Boston Post Road
Milford (closed)
(203) 878-3333

470 Lewis Ave.
Meriden
(203) 237-5510

3rd) Waldenbooks

5065 Main St.
Trumbull
(203) 374-1182

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