Barnes & Noble Expands in 2023 with 30 New Stores

Herbie J Pilato

Brick and mortar Bookstores are on the comeback, at least when it comes to Barnes & Noble Booksellers.

According to, Barnes & Noble is planning to open 30 stores in 2023, "making the bookseller the leader in what’s being called a big-box revival. This expansion comes after more than a decade of shrinking its numbers in response to competition from Amazon. There are even a couple of new stores being opened in the Boston area that are, perhaps fittingly, going to be in locations previously occupied by Amazon Books."

As BookRiot continued to report, "Expansion of this size is possible because of a strengthened interest in books and reading that came as a result of the pandemic — more people read because they were stuck at home, and Barnes & Noble locations were able to improve stores while they were closed.

"At its peak in 2008, Barnes & Noble had 726 locations throughout the U.S., but now has 600. With its plan for openings in 2023, it will see more stores opened than closed. The new stores will be designed like independent bookstores and will encourage customers to linger," concluded.

Either way, this is good news for those literary consumers who love to read and hold in their physical hands a hardcover or paperback edition of their new favorite novel, nonfiction history book, celebrity bio, latest "Dummies" guide, poetry book, or any particular group-banding of the actual printed page.

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Herbie J Pilato is the author of several books about pop culture including RETRO ACTIVE TELEVISION, THE 12 BEST SECRETS OF CHRISTMAS, MARY: THE MARY TYLER MOORE STORY, TWITCH UPON A STAR, GLAMOUR, GIDGETS AND THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, DASHING, DARING AND DEBONAIR, and NBC & ME: MY LIFE AS A PAGE IN A BOOK, among others. He's also a TV writer/producer, and has worked for Reelz, Bravo, E!, TLC, and hosted THEN AGAIN WITH HERBIE J PILATO, the hit classic TV talk show (which premiered on Amazon Prime in 2019).

Los Angeles, CA

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