Barnes & Noble Opens Store in Lehigh
Temporary location to open in Lehigh Valley Mall
during renovation on the Lehigh Lifestyle Center Barnes & Noble
New York, NY – August 16, 2023 – Barnes & Noble is pleased to announce the opening of a new Lehigh bookstore on Wednesday, August 23rd. The original Lehigh Valley Barnes & Noble opened in 2007 and is currently undergoing complete renovation. The temporary Barnes & Noble is directly nearby in the Lehigh Valley Mall (250 Lehigh Valley Mall, Whitehall, PA 18052), now near JC Penney.
The bookseller expects to reopen the original location in the Lifestyle Center at Lehigh Valley Mall in spring of 2024. The renovated shop will showcase 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 appetite this community has for books is no more apparent than in the aisles of our old Lehigh Valley Mall store, well-loved and shopworn in the 16 years since we first opened our doors,” said Amy Fitzgerald, VP of Stores, Barnes & Noble. “With this renovation we transform the bookstore with a warm and inviting new store design, along with a revamped B&N Café. Dramatic as this change will be, our focus remains the time-tested formula of well stocked bookstores staffed by excellent booksellers.”
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 has been opening many 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.
“It’s thrilling to be a part of redesigning the Barnes & Noble bookstore I’ve called my own,” said Store Manager Heidi Klein. “Better still, we have this very convenient temporary location right around the corner, enabling us to continue to serve our loyal customers while we prepare to welcome them back into our newly beautified bookstore.”
Customers can discover more about upcoming events and news by following the handle @bnwhitehall 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.