Barnes & Noble opens its newest Raleigh store on Wednesday with the help of New York Times bestselling author Delia Owens.
The new bookstore, located at 436 Daniel St. in the Village District, will open to the public with a 10 o’clock ribbon cutting ceremony by Owens, author of the 2018 bestseller Where the Crawdads Sing.
Owens is available for a meet and greet afterwards. A limited number of presigned paperback copies of Where the Crawdads Sing, their debut novel, are available for purchase, the company said in a press release.
“I’m very excited to be opening a new Barnes & Noble here in my home state of North Carolina,” Owens said in the press release.
It is the first Barnes & Noble store to open in the Raleigh area in 18 years, the press release said.
The Village District Store will occupy 10,400 square feet of space previously occupied by Pier 1 Imports until the company filed for bankruptcy in early 2020 and closed the Raleigh Store along with three other locations in the Triangle.
The new store was designed with its location and the neighborhoods it will serve in mind, the company said.
The store will “have a generous selection of lifestyle books, including many cookbooks, home, decor and art titles, as well as a robust children’s section,” the company said. Due to its proximity to the main North Carolina State University campus, the bookstore will also offer a selection of teen books and manga.
Owens’ book was on numerous bestseller lists and will soon be made into a film by Reese Witherspoon’s production company. It takes place in North Carolina, where Owens now lives.
Further book signing sessions on weekends in September and October are being planned, and larger events including book readings will take place again next year.
The company will open at least five more stores in 2021.