Barnes & Noble (B&N) will apparently introduce its new "prototype" store in Delaware this July when it closes its Concord Mall location and moves less than a mile away to about half the space in Concord Square Shopping Center.
The new location is in space that once housed now-defunct bookseller Borders.
A B&N spokesman would only say that the Concord Mall store will close July 2 and reopen the next day in Concord Square. He declined comment on the format of the store until closer to the opening.
This description is consistent with B&N's 10th prototype store, which opened March 27 in Rochester Hills, Michigan. That store was described by an industry publication as "about half to a third the size of B&N's big-box bookstores, the 14,000-square-foot store will feature a more spacious design with lower bookshelves, more cover-out book displays, and plenty of non-book merchandise such as bottled water, vinyl records, notebooks, board games, and Lego sets.
Madison Rogers of Capano Management handled the lease negotiations.
A more detailed version of this story will appear in the April 2, 2019, issue of the Delaware Business Times, which should arrive in your mailbox this weekend.