Barnes & Noble is moving from its Dale Mabry space into a small spot in the Town Square Shopping Center in Westshore. The news was first reported by the Tampa Bay Business Journal, and the signage up at the future sprawling bookstore confirms it.
This will move the home of books, movies, CDs and magazines in the space formerly occupied by Pier1. It spans approximately 10,000-square-feet and should be a new hotspot for book lovers. The shop has officially announced that it will open to the public in South Tampa on March 1.
The shopping strip includes major names such as Petco, Starbucks, Panera, So Fresh, and a Hand and Stone Massage business. A full lineup of shops at the shopping center can be viewed online. Barnes & Noble plans to grow its fleet by 30 stores next year, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. “The latest sign that big-box retailers are expanding again after years of shrinking their real-estate footprints,” writes Kate King for WSJ.
The bookseller had been shrinking for more than a decade as it struggled to compete with Amazon and other online retailers, and now has about 125 fewer stores than it did 14 years ago. But this year Barnes & Noble is opening more stores than it is closing. Many of the new bookstores are smaller in size and opening in markets where larger locations had closed.
This future Barnes & Noble can be found at 112 Westshore Boulevard.
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