May 24, 2017

Wesleyan RJ Julia bookstore debuts in Middletown

Wesleyan University celebrated the opening of the new Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore Tuesday, marking its debut as a potential hub for economic activity in downtown Middletown.

Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth and store owner Roxanne Coady said that the bookstore can be a catalyst for community and business growth.

The 13,000-square-foot store, located at 413 Main St., was packed with Wesleyan faculty and staff, city and state officials, members of the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce and other community members. The original RJ Julia Bookstore opened in Madison in 1989.

The new store boasts high ceilings with tin detail, ample natural light, and a two-story open concourse that provides a spacious, airy environment for reading and shopping for more than 18,000 books.

A special section highlights authors from the Wesleyan community. The store also sells Wesleyan-themed and general apparel and merchandise.

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