Barnes & Noble Reopens Store in Peoria with a New Location on Wednesday, September 1

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Barnes & Noble Reopens Store in Peoria with a New Location on Wednesday, September 1

Local Children’s Author, Dawn Young, will cut the ribbon Tomorrow at the Grand Opening of the first B&N bookstore in the Phoenix area in 13 years

Press are Invited to Visit the Store, and Take Photos and Video of New Barnes & Noble in the Arrowhead Palms Shopping Centre

PEORIA – (August 31, 2021) – Barnes & Noble is thrilled to announce the opening of a new bookstore in the Arrowhead Palms Shopping Centre at 7401 West Bell Road in Peoria, AZ on Wednesday, September 1, 2021. The new store brings Barnes & Noble back to Peoria 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 Dawn Young at 10:00am on Wednesday, September 1. Dawn Young is a  children’s author best known for her The Night Baafore titles such as The Night Baafore Christmas and The Night Baafore Easter. Other local authors, including J.C. Eaton, Conrad Fjetland, and Patrick Kennedy, will also be signing books during the opening weekend.

This new bookstore replaces the original Barnes & Noble in the Arrowhead Town Center which is to be redeveloped by the landlord. The new store marks a dramatic change in the bookseller’s appearance, with beautiful bespoke oak shelving and large windows, making it light, bright and welcoming. Store Manager, Colene Huston, and her team of booksellers, most of whom are returning to their home store after temporarily being placed at neighboring Barnes & Noble locations during the move, have been busy curating a wonderful selection of books.

“Barnes & Noble is thrilled to be reopening here in Peoria with such a bright, welcoming store,” says James Daunt, who became the new CEO at Barnes & Noble in September 2019.  “Store manager, Colene Huston, and her team have embraced the challenge to create within it a distinctive, energetic bookstore that promises to be truly exceptional. We are all excited to be starting this new chapter of bookselling in Peoria.”

Barnes & Noble encourages each individual bookselling team to curate their bookstore in a way best that will best appeal to their local clientele.  It is completely new approach to bookselling at Barnes & Noble, bringing a respect for local knowledge that is at the heart of the best bookstores. It reflects the experience long-time bookseller, James Daunt, applied to his own independent bookstore that he opened in 1990. The Peoria 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 West Valley. Especially notable is an expanded selection of history books, including military titles, as well as a robust children’s section. With many students residing in the area, there is also a large section devoted to Young Adult titles and to manga. The traditional strengths of B&N in new fiction and non-fiction hardcovers will also be front-and-center at the store.

“We are so excited to reopen in our new location in the Arrowhead Palms Shopping Centre. My team and I have missed seeing our customers every day and are thrilled to be back,” says Store Manager Colene Huston. “I have been so touched by the support of the community during our move, and I can’t wait to show them this new store. I am sure that customers, old and new, will love this store.”

In addition to the grand opening with Dawn Young, the Peoria store is planning weekend Storytimes and book signings through September and October with plans for bigger events such as Book Readings in 2022.

Barnes & Noble Peoria is located at 7401 West Bell Road, and online on social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, by searching the handle @BNArrowhead.

Press are invited to tour the store and attend the ribbon cutting. For any questions, or to set up an interview, please reach out to Barnes & Noble at

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