MONTGOMERY - Troy University, Barnes & Noble and Montgomery officials cut the ribbon Thursday on the new Trojan Cafe on the University's Montgomery Campus.
The Trojan Cafe proudly serving Starbucks™ is located inside Whitley Hall on Montgomery Street and is part of the continued revitalization of downtown Montgomery.
"Troy University has a long history in Montgomery, and we are proud to be a part of that original push that got downtown Montgomery started," said Dr. Lance Tatum, Vice Chancellor of Troy University Montgomery. "Part of our responsibility is to keep that moving going forward. Twenty months ago we began discussing with Barnes & Noble about how we could reinvent the bookstore experience to include an area that students, faculty and staff could come relax and get a cup of coffee but also provide something for the downtown community. We are extremely proud of how this turned out."
Brian Stark, Vice President of Stores for Barnes & Noble College and a TROY alumnus, said he was pleased to bring the Trojan Cafe to downtown Montgomery.
"Barnes & Noble operates 750 college and university bookstores across the country, but none of them touch my heart like TROY," Stark said. "Nothing makes me more proud than to have this location in downtown Montgomery to help with the economy and provide a needed service in this area. It is a great addition for the downtown community and for Troy University Montgomery."
Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange lauded Troy University for its continued leadership in downtown Montgomery.
"Troy University was here before it was cool to be in downtown Montgomery," Mayor Strange said. "We certainly appreciate the relationship with TROY and the leadership TROY has provided. This bookstore employs 20 people and includes eight new positions and this is an appropriate backdrop given our theme we are trying to create now for our summertime with our Summer Youth Job Initiative."
Utilizing interior graphics and photo murals, the newly renovated space highlights Troy University and pay homage to Rosa Parks, "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement." The cafe offers a variety of Starbucks™ beverages and an assortment of sandwiches, soups, pastries and snacks to students, faculty and staff, as well as the local downtown community and visitors to the museum. The 25-seat cafe also provides window seating with charging stations, as well as a large ‘community table' that serves as a convenient meeting place for local organizations and groups. In addition, the new cafe will also be the official dining option for Troy Montgomery students.