Just when you thought the new University of Delaware Bookstore couldn’t get any sweeter, it will. Not only is the location optimal for student traffic, the new bookstore — operated by Barnes & Noble — will also be selling pints of UDairy Creamery ice cream in the Blue Hen Café, located right inside the building’s Main Street entrance.
“We are very excited to be selling UDairy ice cream,” said Jennifer Galt, bookstore manager. “It’s a natural partnership and we look forward to hosting many events together.”
UD and Barnes & Noble opened ground for construction of the new UD Bookstore on Aug. 30, 2010. The new bookstore will be located at 83 E. Main St., and is on schedule to open on Aug. 1, with a grand opening event on Sept. 1.
Since 2002, UD has partnered with Barnes & Noble and last year signed a long-term contract extension to continue the collaboration. The UDairy Creamery is just one of many partners involved in the new bookstore, which will also include an Apple Authorized Campus Store and a Starbucks.
“This is a win-win-win opportunity,” said David Brond, vice president for communications and marketing. “The bookstore can promote the products of a local, student-run source, the UDairy Creamery can introduce its premium ice cream to the downtown Newark community, and the UD community can enjoy greater access to the official ice cream of the University of Delaware.”
Beginning in fall 2011, UDairy Creamery ice cream will also be available at all of the on-campus markets. The Rodney and Harrington markets will carry pints, while the new Provisions on Demand (POD) will have scoops, milkshakes and pints available.
The UDairy Creamery, established in 2008, produces premium ice cream made with milk from the cows on the farm at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Founded on science, sustainability and entrepreneurship, the creamery encourages discovery learning, with UD students involved in every aspect of making and selling ice cream “from the cow to the cone.”
This summer, the UDairy Creamery is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, visit the UDairy Creamery website. And, don’t forget to “like” UDairy Creamery on Facebook for information on upcoming events and special promotions.