SKOKIE, IL – Bookseller Barnes & Noble is set to open a new location next month at the Westfield Old Orchard mall – nearly a year after its former store ended a 27-year run at the mall amid redevelopment of his building.
A grand opening of the new two-story, 20,000-square-foot store is scheduled for Nov. 16, according to representatives for the New York-based bookstore chain. The company’s former location was approximately 45,000 square feet.
“Old Orchard was one of Barnes & Noble’s busiest bookstores and it was very sad to close the store last year,” CEO James Daunt said in a statement. tearing it down gives us the opportunity to build a new store.”
The new location, across from the Cheesecake Factory and close to Zara, will also include a Paper Source store on the first floor, company officials said. According to its website, the Chicago-based stationer operates about 130 stores in 25 states.
“Paper Source is such a great Chicago brand and will complement the bookstore beautifully,” Daunt said.
Unlike the old Barnes & Noble, the new location will include a Starbucks as it is an interim space that will operate until permanent space becomes available amid mall renovations and development.
“Our history at Old Orchard was rich, shaped by the people we serve and the stories we shared,” said Amy Fitzgerald, Vice President of Barnes & Noble Stores. “Our booksellers, led by Store Manager Mary Mateer, look forward to celebrating this holiday season in our new location with friends and book lovers new and old.”
The reopened Skokie location is one of 16 Barnes & Nobles stores scheduled to open in 2022, with another 30 locations in development for next year, company officials said.
Meanwhile, retailers have redeveloped the old location has been taken over by Bloomingdale’s, which has closed its anchor location of around 200,000 square feet as it opens a smaller 50,000 square foot location called “Bloomie’s “. The Old Orchard location is the brand’s second location in the United States and first in the Midwest.
Skokie Mayor George Van Dusen said in a statement that news of Barnes & Noble’s return and Bloomie’s opening was great news for the village and the entire region.
“I applaud the efforts of the Westfield team to adapt and find creative solutions to the changing retail environment and their commitment to the continued growth of Westfield Old Orchard as a retail hub. retail, dining and entertainment industry,” said Van Dusen.
Mall officials said several other businesses were scheduled to open ahead of the holiday, including new food options from The Capitol Grille, Molly’s Cupcakes, and clothing brands Levi’s and Psycho Bunny. Recently opened companies include Tory Burch and Alo Yoga.
“Holiday shopping is a booming time for customers and retailers, and we look forward to welcoming North Shore shoppers downtown with our new retailer and restaurants,” said Senior General Manager of Westfield Old Orchard,
Serge Khalimsky, the mall’s general manager, said he was eager to provide more information on the mall’s retail offerings as the holiday shopping season begins.
“Barnes & Noble has been a downtown staple for many years, so we’re thrilled to have it back in time for holiday shopping,” Khalimsky said, “and we’re honored to be home to the Midwest’s first Bloomie location. . “