Barnes & Noble Opens in Philadelphia Center City

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Author Ray Didinger to Hold a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony and Book Signing at the Grand Opening on Wednesday April 12, 2023, at 10 AM


New York, NY – March 23, 2023  Barnes & Noble is pleased to announce the opening of its Center City bookstore on Wednesday, April 12th. The bookseller will relocate from Rittenhouse Square to Chestnut Street, into the space formerly occupied by Forever 21. The new location will showcase the award-winning bookstore design seen in the most recent Barnes & Noble store openings.

The new Barnes & Noble is located at 1708 Chestnut St. in Philadelphia, PA, next to Sephora. It will officially open to the public at 10 AM ET on April 12th, with author and local legend Ray Didinger cutting the ribbon and signing copies of his book Finished Business.

“We have enjoyed a very happy 26 years at our Rittenhouse Square location and are pleased to remain in Center City,” said James Daunt, CEO, Barnes & Noble. “We move just around the corner and have the opportunity to showcase how far our bookstore design has advanced. Much has changed in the past 3 decades, but the core of good bookselling remains — well curated shops staffed by booksellers who are passionate about what they do. The experienced bookselling team in Center City has been hard at work creating an impressive and inviting bookstore tailored to their community.”

Barnes & Noble is experiencing a period of tremendous growth, buoyed by a reading renaissance and renewed enthusiasm for physical bookstores. In 2022, Barnes & Noble opened more new bookstores than it had in the decade since 2009. The bookseller expects to open over 30 new bookstores in 2023, with the new Philadelphia location being the first in the area since 2008.

“We are so glad to be moving such a short distance into a great new location,” said Assistant Store Manager Alyssa Sheppard. “Our booksellers are excited to welcome the Philly community to their new store where we know they’ll find their next great adventure on our bookshelves.”

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

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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, 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