Barnes & Noble Reopens in Lehigh Valley Mall

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Author James McBride to Host Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony and Book Signing at the Grand Reopening at 9AM on Wednesday, June 12, 2024

New York, NY – June 5, 2024 – Barnes & Noble is thrilled to announce the reopening of its Lehigh Valley Mall Lifestyle Center bookstore on Wednesday June 12th. Since temporarily closing to undergo a redesign last summer, customers have been able to continue shopping all their favorite reads at our interim B&N store located directly nearby in the Leigh Valley Mall.

The newly renovated Barnes & Noble, in its original location (801 Lehigh Lifestyle Center, Whitehall, PA 18052), is next to The Cheesecake Factory, LOFT, lululemon and across from Pottery Barn.

The bookstore will officially open to the public at 9AM EDT on Wednesday the 12th with author James McBride cutting the ribbon and signing copies of his books — including the 2023 B&N Book of the Year, The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store. 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’re very excited to reopen our redesigned Lehigh Valley Mall bookstore,” said James Daunt, CEO of Barnes & Noble. “Our team has brilliantly managed to complete an entire remodel in under a year, while opening a temporary location within the same mall to ensure our readers were never left without access to their favorite books. As with all our renovated spaces, this beautiful store sets a high bar for brick-and-mortar bookselling. We look forward to finally reopening its doors to our readers.”

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 Lehigh Valley Mall location is one of four new Barnes & Noble bookstores to open on June 12th, alongside Northbrook, IL; Oswego, IL; and Selma, TX. Each grand opening has drawn enthusiastic crowds that wrap around the building, filling the store as the ribbon is cut.

“It is an absolute delight to be reopening this store that’s been such a staple in our community,” said Heidi Klein, Store Manager. “It’s truly a special occasion to have our most recent Barnes & Noble Book of the Year recipient, James McBride, celebrate with us at the grand opening. All our staff is coming over from the temporary location and is thrilled to welcome readers into this expansive and stunning new space.”

Customers can discover more about upcoming events and news by following @bnwhitehall 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, 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