Barnes & Noble Opens New Store in South Portland

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Author Ryan Higgins to Host Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony and Book Signing at the Grand Opening at 10AM on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2024


New York, NY – May 15, 2024 – Barnes & Noble is thrilled to announce the opening of its new South Portland bookstore on Wednesday, May 22nd. The new Barnes & Noble is located in the Maine Crossing shopping center (200 Running Hill Rd, South Portland, ME 04106) in the space formerly occupied by Bed Bath & Beyond, next to Nordstrom Rack in the same center as Target.

The bookstore will officially open to the public at 10AM EDT on Wednesday the 22nd, with best-selling children’s book author Ryan Higgins cutting the ribbon and signing copies of his books. The new location showcases the highly lauded bookstore design seen in the most recent Barnes & Noble store openings, housing all the best books, toys, games and gifts that customers have come to expect from the nation’s premier bookseller. The bookstore will also house an updated B&N Café.

“We are very pleased to be opening our latest bookstore here in South Portland,” said James Daunt, CEO, Barnes & Noble. “It is exciting to build a home for books in the retail capital of Maine, but even more to do so in a community that is saturated with students and educators that we are especially looking forward to serving.”

Barnes & Noble is enjoying a period of tremendous growth as the strategy to hand control of each bookstore to its local booksellers has proven so successful. The bookseller is experiencing exceptionally strong sales in its existing stores and has been opening many new stores after more than 15 years of declining store numbers. In 2023, Barnes & Noble opened more new bookstores in a single year than it had in the whole decade from 2009 to 2019. The bookseller expects to open over 50 new bookstores in 2024.

The South Portland location is one of six new Barnes & Noble bookstores to open in May, with two more coming in Chicago, IL and Sandy, UT — both opening on May 29th. Each grand opening has drawn enthusiastic crowds that wrap around the building, filling the store as the ribbon is cut.

“I am beyond thrilled to get back to selling books in Maine,” said Store Manager and career bookseller Lisa McIntyre. “I have been a resident here most of my life and have taken pride in filling our store with great books we know our community will love — including a wide assortment of books on cooking, nature, and outdoor activities and many, many more. Our team is very excited to welcome readers to their new South Portland Barnes & Noble.”

Customers can discover more about upcoming events and news by following @bnsouthportland on social media. 

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Barnes & Noble, Inc. is the largest retail bookseller in the United States. The Company has more than 600 bookstores across the United States, as well as its online bookstore at BN.com, the Nook Digital business which offers both e-books and an audio book subscriptions service, the SparkNotes educational service, stationery and gift retailer Paper Source, and the publisher Union Square & Co. General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be found on the Company's website at www.bn.com.