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Ground broken for Darton bookstore

Darton College President Peter Sireno, fourth from left, prepares to break ground on the school’s new bookstore Friday.

Darton College President Peter Sireno, fourth from left, prepares to break ground on the school’s new bookstore Friday.

ALBANY — Continuing its path of relentless expansion, Darton College on Friday broke ground on a new 6,000-foot bookstore.

Located within a stone’s throw from the school’s new student center, the new bookstore facility will have textbooks, gifts, general books, school supplies, computer supplies, trade books, clothing and a convenience lounge area.

“We’ll have 5,000 more square feet to work with when the new store opens,” Bookstore manager Victor Wyatt said. “We’ll have room to increase all our product lines. We’ll add new apparel, more merchandise and everything is going to change.”

Getting the shovels in the ground, however, took some time.

“In these hard economic times, getting everything through Atlanta can be difficult at best,” Project Manager Hal Gibson of Hal Gibson Companies said. “I’m just happy that Darton College is getting a nice bookstore that they richly deserve. Darton is constantly leading the way and this is just another example of it.”

LRA Constructors President Ben Barrow agreed.

“We are very grateful to be a part of this project,” Barrow said. “We have several new people working on the project and we are learning to be flexible, to change and adapt to new technology.

“This is a very good occasion for our community.”