One of the windows of the building formerly occupied by Pier 1 Imports in the Riverhead Centre shopping center on Route 58. Photo: Denise Civiletti

Barnes & Noble, the largest chain of retail book stores in the United States, is opening a new store in an empty 10,862-square-foot building in a Route 58 shopping center.

The storefront of the former Pier 1 Imports store in Riverhead Centre on Old Country Road has large banners in its windows announcing the book store’s fall 2022 opening.

The storefront has been vacant since Pier 1 closed more than half of its stores, including its Riverhead location, in 2020. The site is located opposite the building occupied by footwear retailer DSW, once the home of Borders Books and Music, before the company filed for bankruptcy and closed all its stores in 2011.

Barnes & Noble could not immediately be reached for comment. The company has created social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram but has not yet posted anything.

Barnes & Noble will be opening in the store formerly occupied by Pier 1 Imports, opposite DSW, the former site of Borders Books & Music. Photo: Denise Civiletti

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Alek Lewis is a lifelong Riverhead resident and a 2021 graduate of Stony Brook University’s School of Communication and Journalism. Previously, he served as news editor of Stony Brook’s student newspaper, The Statesman, and was a member of the campus’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Email: [email protected]