Barnes & Noble Reopens Store in Kingston with a New Location on Wednesday, September 29

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Barnes & Noble Reopens Store in Kingston with a New Location on Wednesday, September 29

Local History Author, Stephen Blauweiss, will cut the ribbon at the Grand Opening of the first new B&N bookstore in the Hudson Valley in 16 years

Press are Invited to Visit the Store, and to Take Photos and Video of the New Barnes & Noble in the Kings Mall

KINGSTON – (September 27, 2021) – Barnes & Noble is thrilled to announce the opening of a new bookstore in the Kings Mall on Wednesday, September 29, 2021. The new store brings Barnes & Noble back to Kingston after the closure of its old store earlier in the year.

The new store will officially open to the public with a ribbon cutting by local author Stephen Blauweiss at 10:00am on Wednesday, September 29. Stephen Blauweiss is a local historian and author known for titles such as The Story of Historic Kingston and The Life and Death of the Kingston Post Office.

This new bookstore replaces the original Barnes & Noble in the Ulster Crossing Plaza which is being redeveloped by the landlord. The new store marks a striking change in the bookseller’s appearance, with oak shelving and large windows making it light, bright, and welcoming. Store Manager Denise Bonyeau and her experienced team of booksellers, returning to their home store after time at neighboring Barnes & Noble locations during the move, have been busy curating a wonderful selection of books.

“Barnes & Noble is so happy to be re-opening here in the Hudson Valley. When the landlord opted not to renew the lease on our previous location, we knew we wanted to open a new store here as soon as possible. We are delighted to have found a new home so close by,” says James Daunt, who became the new CEO at Barnes & Noble in September 2019.  “Denise and her team have created a beautiful new store here in Kingston, full of books right at the start of a wonderful Fall of new publishing. Book sales have never been stronger in the United States, a fact which every reader will celebrate. We are all delighted to have a bookstore back in Kingston.”

Barnes & Noble empowers each individual bookselling team to curate their bookstore in a way best that will best appeal to their local clientele.  It is a completely new approach to bookselling at Barnes & Noble, bringing a respect for local knowledge that is at the heart of the best bookstores. This philosophy reflects the experience long-time bookseller, James Daunt, applies to his own independent bookstore which he opened in 1990. The Kingston team has been hard at work developing their bookstore and the result is a selection of books and merchandise that will delight the residents of the Hudson Valley. Especially notable is an expanded selection of history and lifestyle books, including cookbooks and self-care, as well as a robust children’s section. There is also a large section devoted to Mystery &Thriller books, Young Adult titles and Manga, which continues to grow in popularity. New fiction and non-fiction hardcovers, the core strengths of Barnes & Noble will also be front-and-center at the store.

“We are excited to be back in Kingston in our new location at the Kings Mall. My team and I have missed seeing our customers every day and are ready to welcome them into our new store,” says Store Manager, Denise Bonyeau. “I have been a Barnes & Noble bookseller for the last 13 years, and I have seen firsthand the benefits of having a bookstore in the community. I can say with confidence that our customers, both old and new, are going to really love perusing the curated bookcases in our new store and enjoying the café. We cannot wait to see them all back.”

In addition to the grand opening with Stephen Blauweiss, the store has plans for additional book signings this year and is planning for bigger events such as Storytimes and Book Readings in 2022.

Barnes & Noble Kingston is located at 1200 Ulster Avenue, and online on social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, by searching the handle @BNKingstonNY.

Press is invited to tour the store and attend the ribbon cutting. For any questions, or to set up an interview with James or Denise, please reach out to Barnes & Noble at prelations@bn.com.

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