- Associated Press - Friday, April 22, 2016

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill is turning its bookstore over to Barnes & Noble.

The school told local media Thursday the 10-year deal will bring in $30 million. University officials said the deal will quadruple the earnings that go to scholarships.

Employees, faculty and students had argued against turning the UNC Student Stores over to a private company.

The school will continue to operate its print shop and a new pharmacy.

Barnes & Noble College Booksellers will manage everything else starting July 1.

The university said that 48 full-time store workers will still be employed at their current salary, either by Barnes & Noble or the school.

The school said the bookstore operation has generated more than $27 million in student scholarships in the past 60 years.


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