Grantham University Opens Bookstore in Kansas City's SubTropolis

Jun 06, 2007, 01:00 ET from Grantham University

    KANSAS CITY, Mo., June 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Grantham University
 (, an online university specializing in educating working
 adults, opened its bookstore in Kansas City's SubTropolis, the world's
 largest underground business complex. The bookstore will house, ship and
 receive Grantham University's textbooks for all of its undergraduate and
 graduate degree programs. The need for the bookstore arose when the
 University left Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and relocated to
 Kansas City.
     "The site was ideal for our book distribution facility," said Tom
 Macon, chairman of Grantham University. "The underground site provides
 protection from severe weather and a natural, climate controlled
 environment, which is ideal for textbooks and supplies."
     Grantham University leased the 13,000 square foot space, located at
 8600 NE Underground, from Hunt-Midwest Properties. The facility has on-site
 security in place and is professionally managed. The SubTropolis, a
 subterranean industrial park with nearly five million square feet of
 leasable space, is home to more than 50 local, national and international
     The Grantham University bookstore processes textbook orders daily to
 Grantham's students located around the world. Currently, the bookstore uses
 approximately 6,000 of the available 13,000 square feet of space. There's
 plenty of room for expansion as the University grows.
     "Our bookstore currently houses more than 18,000 textbooks with more
 books on the way from our major publishing house vendors," adds Macon.
     Grantham University offers online undergraduate and graduate degree
 programs in Criminal Justice, Business Administration, General and
 Interdisciplinary Studies, Computer Science, and other technology related
 fields. Grantham's degree programs are flexible and self-paced, allowing
 students to complete their course work at times and places that fit their
 busy schedules.
     Grantham's faculty, administration, and advisors are comprised of
 educators, business executives, industry professionals and entrepreneurs.
 Among the advisors are Dr. Herbert I. London, founder, endowed chair, and
 former Dean of Students at New York University's Gallatin School of
 Individualized Study; John Ashford, an advisor to Fortune 100 companies as
 Chairman and CEO of The Hawthorne Group; David E. Baker, Brig. Gen. (USAF,
 Ret.), a decorated fighter pilot and Senior Vice President for the Stanford
 Washington Research Group; and Rear Admiral Karen Harmeyer, former Chief
 Staff Officer, Navy Surgeon General, OPNAV 093R.
     About Grantham University:
     Established in 1951, Grantham University is a private institution that
 specializes in educating the working adult student. Its mission is to
 'level the playing field' by making a high quality college education
 available to adult learners based on the combined academic and economic
 principles of Accessibility, Affordability and Academic Accountability.
 Grantham University offers military scholarships for active duty, reserve,
 guard, veterans and military family members, as well as scholarships for
 law enforcement professionals. Grantham's courses are online and
 self-paced, allowing students to study at home, at work, on Temporary Duty
 (TDY) or from almost anywhere in the world. Grantham University is
 accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and
 Training Council (DETC). For more information, visit or
 call 1-800-955-2527.

SOURCE Grantham University