WILKES-BARRE TWP. — With a new pop-up store opening in September, Barnes & Noble will be back sooner than expected, even if just in a limited capacity.
The announcement comes from Jim Lampassi, the company’s vice president of real estate development.
According to Lampassi, Barnes & Noble is leasing space for a pop-up store in the East End Center, only a short distance from the store’s main location at the Arena Hub Plaza.
That location was devastated during the June 13 tornado, which led to the shuttering of numerous stores in that area.
While it was previously announced the store plans to rebuild and reopen by Thanksgiving, Lampassi said the pop-up shop will allow the company to re-establish a presence in the interim.
“We will be using a portion of the leased space to continue to serve our customers in Wilkes-Barre, who have shown an incredible outpouring of support for our employees and the store,” Lampassi said in a press release.
He did not give a specific update on progress at the Arena Hub store, but he did say work is continuing to “reopen as soon as possible.”
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