Follett to Bring New, Innovative Campus Retail to College

Beginning July 1, Central Piedmont Community College will transition its campus bookstore operations to Follett Higher Education, the largest campus retailer in North America, with more than 1,100 campus locations.

Follett will bring more than 150 years of experience in higher education and industry expertise to Central Piedmont’s campus retail operations. The company boasts an extensive range of cost-saving course material options; integrated technology that seamlessly connects students and faculty to the materials needed for academic success; a broad assortment of on-trend, branded merchandise; and a top-ranked online channel that delivers even more inventory and a world-class shopping experience.

Central Piedmont students will benefit from Follett’s fundamental mission of delivering course materials that are more affordable and accessible than ever before. Options include new and used course materials; digital materials like eBooks, digital courseware, and Open Educational Resources; and the company’s flagship text rental program, which can help students save up to 80 percent compared to purchasing new.

Follett will offer a fresh take on Central Piedmont-branded apparel, gifts, and supplies. With on-trend styles and logo accessories, students, campus members, and alumni will have access to the merchandise they need to commemorate achievements and celebrate school pride. Follett is dedicated to cultivating a retail environment that drives the Central Piedmont brand and campus culture, both in-store and online.

Follett’s collegiate online expertise will be extended to the Central Piedmont campus stores’ online channel, where shoppers can experience Follett’s renowned ecommerce platform. The company’s platform, supported by today’s leading technology, was ranked #57 on Digital Commerce 360’s 2021 Top 1000 list. Online shoppers can find an expanded assortment of merchandise – beyond what’s offered in store – and enjoy 24/7 access to the products and course materials they need.

“Central Piedmont is excited to partner with Follett, as we seek to enhance the process by which students purchase books, class materials, and college merchandise,” said Jeff Lowrance, vice president of communications, marketing, & public relations. “Students’ interactions with our campus bookstores, both in-person and online, is a significant part of their overall student experience. We want to provide students with the best experience possible as they complete their programs of study and begin rewarding careers or move on to further education.”

About Central Piedmont Community College Bookstores
Central Piedmont Community College bookstores are solely devoted to serving the college community – offering products and services to Central Piedmont and the greater Charlotte community both in-store and online via Central Piedmont bookstores are located on three campuses and open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Pop-up stores are provided at the other Central Piedmont campus locations to meet demand during peak periods. For more information, contact Regional Manager, Andy Roush,