Barnes & Noble Brings All-New Bookstore to Long Island

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Join the Bookseller for a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony and Book Signing with Author Nelson DeMille at the Grand Opening on Wednesday, November 2 at 10 am

RIVERHEAD, NY – October 26, 2022 – Barnes & Noble announces the grand opening of its new Riverhead bookstore in The Riverhead Shopping Center.  This will be the first new Barnes & Noble to open on Long Island in 14 years, and the first of two locations the bookseller has plans to bring to the island in the near future.  The Riverhead Barnes & Noble is to open on Wednesday, November 2nd.

The new Barnes & Noble is located at 1470 Old Country Road, Riverhead, NY 11901, in front of The Home Depot and Shop Rite, near DSW in the storefront recently vacated by Pier 1 Imports.  It will officially open to the public with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:00 AM ET on November 2nd.  Local legend and New York Times bestselling author, Nelson DeMille, will be cutting the ribbon on opening day and signing copies of his new release, The Maze, book #8 in the John Corey series, following the now-retired NYPD homicide detective John Corey.

The new location is just up the road from the popular Tanger Outlets, joining the other Long Island-area Barnes & Noble bookstores at Smith Haven, East Northport, Bay Shore, Massapequa, Carle Place, Lake Success and Manhasset.  “It has been a long time since Riverhead has enjoyed having its own bookstore and we are delighted to be opening one again,” said James Daunt, CEO of Barnes & Noble.  “The wonderful bookselling team of Riverhead, led by Store Manager Sarah deQuillfeldt, have been hard at work getting their new store ready for the holiday season.  Building a roster of book signings, author events and storytimes catered to the community has been a top priority for this experienced team of booksellers.”  The new Riverhead bookstore is the 12th Barnes & Noble to be opened so far this year, and the bookseller has announced plans to open at least 30 more in the near future.  This compares to just 15 new stores in total opened in the nine years from 2010 to 2019. 

“When Borders closed their doors in Riverhead in 2011, they left a void that was felt by many local readers.  Customers have been vocal about their desire for a Barnes & Noble to open in Riverhead and I am just so happy to be able to give our neighbors what they have been asking for,” said Sarah deQuillfeldt, Store Manager, a Barnes & Noble Bookseller for 11 years.  “Our team is all local to Long Island and we have been eagerly stocking our bookshelves with the books we know our community will love.  I cannot wait to open our doors and welcome everyone in.”

Customers can discover more about upcoming events and news using the handle @bnriverheadny.


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