FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Barnes & Noble is leaving the Jefferson Pointe shopping center, and moving across the street. The move leaves behind an anchor tenant space, adding to a list of empty spaces available for lease.
The bookstore will open a new location in the nearby Orchard Crossing Shopping Center off Thomas Road, near Target, in September. The Jefferson Pointe location will close Sunday, Aug. 22.
The new bookstore will showcase a “fresh design and layout with a focus on providing a warm and welcoming environment for browsing along with a locally-tailored selection curated by our expert booksellers,” Barnes & Noble said in a news release Friday.
Barnes & Noble operates another Fort Wayne location in Glenbrook Square Mall.
Barnes & Noble was one of the longtime anchor tenants at Jefferson Pointe. It’s unclear what will happen in the space beyond the book store’s move. According to RED Development’s website, the shopping center has at least 11 open spaces. The count does not include the recently vacated Starbucks and Joella’s Hot Chicken that was planned for the former Bob Evan’s building. There are about 75 commercial spaces listed on the site’s map.
The developer has announced four new restaurants that are set to open in the mall.