Barnes & Noble Opens Walnut Creek Store on Wednesday, September 7

Press Release

Author Nina LaCour will cut the ribbon at the Grand Opening as Barnes & Noble returns to Walnut Creek

Press is Invited to Visit the Store and Take Photos and Videos of the New Barnes & Noble

WALNUT CREEK, CA – August 31, 2022 – Barnes & Noble announces the opening of a new bookstore at Walnut Creek in the East Bay area.  The new bookstore marks the return of the bookseller to Walnut Creek where it closed in 2016.  Nina LaCour, best-selling author of Yerba Buena: A Novel, will open the store in a ribbon cutting ceremony and book signing at 9:00 am on September 7.  The store is located at 1192 Locust Street, on a prominent corner site in the Plaza Escuela.

“We are very pleased to bring our bookstore back to Walnut Creek,” said James Daunt, CEO of Barnes & Noble.  “Over the years so many bookstores, including many of our own, were forced to close their doors.  It is wonderful now that an appreciation of good bookstores and an enthusiasm for reading is bringing a renaissance in bookselling.  This will be a beautiful store, with a fabulous team of booksellers led by Allison Osborn.  We thank the Walnut Creek community for the warm welcome with which they have greeted our return.”

The opening of the new Barnes & Noble follows the exit of Amazon Books from Walnut Creek with the shuttering of all Amazon bookstores.  The new store occupies the former Forever 21 location and will carry an extensive range of books, as well as the usual strong offering of journals, greeting cards, together with educational toys and games.  “We’re incredibly excited to connect with readers in Walnut Creek and introduce them to this great bookstore we have created.  It is to be so well stocked and with a brilliant program of store events, starting with our opening by Nina LaCour. Barnes & Noble will be a lively addition to the existing community events, with street fairs, art festivals and children’s activities, all held right on the store’s street front,” said Store Manager, Allison Osborn.  “There has been an absolutely overwhelming amount of positive feedback from our future customers who have already taken to social media to show their support!”

Customers can follow updates online and on social media @bnwalnutcreekca.

The press is invited to tour the store and attend the ribbon cutting. For any questions, or to set up an interview with James or Allison please contact Barnes & Noble at prelations@bn.com.

 

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Barnes & Noble, Inc. is the largest retail bookseller in the United States, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products. The Company has approximately 600 Barnes & Noble bookstores as well as the NOOK Digital business and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, BN.com. General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be found on the Company's website at www.bn.com.