RIVERHEAD, NY – Books are back in Riverhead: Barnes & Noble will host a ribbon cutting and book signing for best-selling author Nelson DeMille at the grand opening of the bookseller’s latest location in Riverhead.
The store will be the first new Barnes & Noble to open on Long Island in 14 years, and the first of two locations the bookseller plans to bring to Long Island soon.
The Riverhead Barnes & Noble will open its doors on Wednesday, November 2 at 10 a.m.
The new Barnes & Noble is located at 1470 Old Country Road, across from The Home Depot and Shop Rite, near DSW in the storefront recently vacated by Pier 1 Imports.
Local legend and New York Times bestselling author Nelson DeMille will cut the ribbon on opening day and sign copies of his new release, The Maze, Book No. 8 in the John Corey series, following the detective d now-retired NYPD homicide John Corey, Barnes & Noble says.
The new location joins other Barnes & Noble bookstores in the Long Island area at Smith Haven Mall, East Northport, Bay Shore, Massapequa, Carle Place, Lake Success and Manhasset.
“It’s been a long time since Riverhead enjoyed having its own bookstore and we’re delighted to be opening one again,” said James Daunt, CEO of Barnes & Noble. “Riverhead’s wonderful team of booksellers, led by Store Manager Sarah deQuillfeldt, have been hard at work getting their new store ready for the holiday season. Creating a slate of community-friendly book signings, author events and storytimes was a top priority for this experienced team of booksellers. »
The new Riverhead bookstore is the 12th Barnes & Noble to open so far this year, and the bookseller has announced plans to open at least 30 more in the near future. That compares to just 15 total new stores opened in the nine years from 2010 to 2019, according to a statement.
“When Borders closed in Riverhead in 2011, it left a void felt by many local readers. Customers have expressed their desire to open a Barnes & Noble in Riverhead and I’m so happy to be able to give our neighbors what they’re asking for,” deQuillfeldt said. “Our team is entirely local to Long Island and we’ve been eagerly stocking our shelves with the books we know our community will love. I look forward to opening our doors and welcoming everyone.
Riverhead Town supervisor Yvette Aguiar was delighted with the news. “There is a lot of excitement here in Riverhead at the prospect of Barnes & Noble opening on Route 58. During the COVID-19 pandemic, people have turned to reading physical books. to have a Fortune 500 company here in Riverhead is huge Without a doubt, they’ve done some expensive market analysis and found a home here in Riverhead We welcome Barnes & Noble to Riverhead.
For several years, the future of bookstores, and books in general, looked bleak. According to a report by Publisher’s Weekly, between 1991 and 2011, the country lost more than 1,000 bookstore stores. During this same period, the message indicates that Barnes & Noble had only two fewer locations.
According to a recent report from Publisher’s Weekly, Barnes & Nobles CEO James Daunt used the pandemic pause to renovate many sites; a look at the bookseller’s recent press releases shows that many stores across the country are reopening, and “a decent number” of new stores are planned for 2022, according to Publisher’s Weekly.