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Barnes & Noble Opens in Tampa Town Square

Author Michael Connelly to Hold a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony and Book Signing at the Grand Opening on Wednesday, March 1, at 10 AM

New York, NY – WEBWIRE

Barnes & Noble is very pleased to announce the grand opening of its new South Tampa bookstore on Wednesday, March 1st. The bookseller will move less than 2 miles, from Dale Mabry Highway to Tampa Town Square, into the space formerly occupied by Pier 1. The new location will showcase the award-winning bookstore design that has been rolled out with such success in the most recent Barnes & Noble store openings.

The new Barnes & Noble is located at 128 South West Shore Blvd in Tampa, FL, near Petco. It will officially open to the public at 10:00 AM ET on March 1st, with bestselling author Michael Connelly cutting the ribbon and signing copies of his newest thriller, Desert Star.

“We have enjoyed a very happy 29 years at our Dale Mabry location and are pleased to be able to remain in the South Tampa community,” said James Daunt, CEO, Barnes & Noble. “Much has changed in that time, but the core of good bookselling remains — well curated shops staffed by booksellers who are passionate about what they do. Store Manager Becky Boldizar and her experienced team have been hard at work getting ready and are very much looking forward to welcoming readers into their brand-new bookstore.”

Barnes & Noble is experiencing a period of tremendous growth, buoyed by a reading renaissance and renewed enthusiasm for physical bookstores. In 2022, Barnes & Noble opened more new bookstores than it had in the decade since 2009. The bookseller expects to open over 30 new bookstores in 2023, with this location being the first new store in the Tampa area since 2008.

“We are so glad to be moving a short distance to such a beautiful new store, and with no interruption in service,” said Store Manager Becky Boldizar, a Barnes & Noble bookseller of 14 years. “Our booksellers are excited to show the community all the thought and care we’ve put into crafting the new location. We cannot wait to build new memories with this wonderful community.”


About Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble, Inc. is the largest retail bookseller in the United States. The Company has approximately 600 bookstores across the United States, as well as its online bookstore at, the Nook Digital business which offers both e-books and an audio book subscriptions service, the SparkNotes educational service, stationery and gift retailer Paper Source, and the publisher Union Square & Co. General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be found on the Company’s website at    


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