Barnes & Noble Opens New Store in West Lebanon
Author Katherine Arden to Host Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony and Book Signing at the Grand Opening at 10AM on Wednesday August 9th, 2023
New York, NY – August 2, 2023 – Barnes & Noble is thrilled to announce the opening of its West Lebanon bookstore on Wednesday, August 9th. This event marks the first new Barnes & Noble in New Hampshire since the opening of their Manchester location in 2001. The new Barnes & Noble is in the Upper Valley Plaza (250 Plainfield Rd, West Lebanon NH, 03784) near PetSmart and Best Buy, across from Kohl’s.
The bookstore will officially open to the public at 10AM ET on Wednesday the 9th, with author Katherine Arden cutting the ribbon and signing copies of her 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.
“It has been 22 years since Barnes & Noble last opened a new bookstore in New Hampshire,” said James Daunt, CEO, Barnes & Noble. “We open beautiful bookstores, staffed by excellent booksellers. It is an old fashioned formula which we are delighted to bring to the Upper Valley.”
Barnes & Noble is enjoying a period of tremendous growth as the strategy to hand control of each bookstore to its manager has proven so successful. The bookseller is enjoying exceptionally strong sales in its existing stores and now starts to open new stores after over 15 years of declining store numbers. In 2022, 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 30 new bookstores in 2023, with the West Lebanon location being the first to open in New Hampshire since 2001.
“It’s very exciting to bring a Barnes & Noble to a part of the country that’s new to us,” said Store Manager Deb Wenzel, bookseller of 38 years. “Better still, we’re right off Interstate 89 and easily accessible to our neighbors in Vermont. Few things are more rewarding to a bookseller of my tenure than to build a new team who shares my love of books and to work together to craft our beautiful new bookstore.”
Customers can discover more about upcoming events and news by following the handle @bnwestlebanon on social media.
About Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble, Inc. is the largest retail bookseller in the United States. The Company has approximately 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.