The Barnes & Noble in Holmdel, N.J., will relocate to a smaller storefront in its current shopping center, the Commons at Holmdel. The Two River Times reported that B&N has occupied its current location "as one of the center's flagship stores for the past 21 years." At 18,000 square feet, the new store will be about 4,000 square feet smaller than the present one, which will close this fall and reopen in the new space in January.
Janine Flanigan, director of store planning and design for B&N, said, "We're very sad to leave one location but very, very excited that we’re staying in very close proximity to the current store. We are really looking forward to opening our new store and welcoming the customers to the new building, new furniture, new seating and new cafe.... We've found that a slightly smaller footprint is the right size for us. Also, as our leases come up, we have an opportunity to refresh the building and go into new fixturing."