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Barnes & Noble will open a bookstore on the North Shore in the former Amazon site

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LYNNFIELD, MA — Barnes & Noble is looking to turn the tables on one of its biggest competitors in the book market.

On Friday, the company announced it would open two new bookstores in the Boston area — at Lynnfield Marketplace and Legacy Place in Dedham — at the former location of two Amazon Books storefronts.

The two new Barnes & Noble locations are both slated to open this fall.

“A few years ago, it would have been unthinkable for Barnes & Noble to open so many new bookstores across the country,” Barnes & Noble CEO James Daunt said in a press release. “Also, stepping into Amazon Books’ shoes now is a particularly happy twist of
events.

“Bookshops have never been busier, with our policy of empowering our local bookseller teams proving particularly successful. Our booksellers are creating inspiring bookshops and we look forward to doing so in Dedham and Lynnfield over the coming months. .”

The company said it plans to open 16 new bookstores nationwide in 2022 and 30 new stores in 2023.

The company said that compares to the 15 stores it opened combined in the nine years from 2010 to 2019.

Barnes & Noble announced plans to close its location on Granite Street in Braintree after 28 years in January. The company said at the time it was because the landlord was looking to develop the space for another tenant and the bookseller would be looking to “open a new bookstore nearby”.

“We are very excited to build these new bookshops in Dedham and Lynnfield, showing how beautiful and interesting we can make them,” said Amy Fitzgerald, Vice President of Barnes & Noble Stores. “Our booksellers don’t need encouragement, but stepping into Amazon Books spaces has made the job particularly satisfying.

“These will be great bookstores in very popular malls.”

(Scott Souza is a Patch Editor covering Beverly, Danvers, Marblehead, Peabody, Salem and Swampscott. He can be reached at [email protected] Twitter: @Scott_Souza.)