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The new Barnes & Noble bookstore in Riverhead will celebrate its grand opening on Wednesday, Nov. 2.

The grand opening will begin with a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. Bestselling author Nelson DeMille will cut the ribbon. He will also be signing copies of his new book, “The Maze.”

The Riverhead store is located in the building previously occupied by Pier 1 Imports in the Riverhead Centre shopping plaza, across from DSW — the former home of Borders Books and Music.

“When Borders closed their doors in Riverhead in 2011, they left a void that was felt by many local readers,” Barnes & Noble’s Riverhead store manager Sarah deQuillfeldt said in a press release. “Customers have been vocal about their desire for a Barnes & Noble to open in Riverhead and I am just so happy to be able to give our neighbors what they have been asking for,” said deQuillfeldt, a Barnes & Noble bookseller for 11 years. “Our team is all local to Long Island and we have been eagerly stocking our bookshelves with the books we know our community will love. I cannot wait to open our doors and welcome everyone in,” she said.

The Riverhead staff has been hard at work getting the new store ready for the holiday season, according to Barnes & Noble CEO James Daunt. “Building a roster of book signings, author events and storytimes catered to the community has been a top priority for this experienced team of booksellers,” Daunt.

The Riverhad location first Barnes & Noble to open on Long Island in 14 years, according to a press release. The store is the 12th Barnes & Noble to be opened so far this year, and the bookseller has announced plans to open at least 30 more in the near future. This compares to a total of just 15 new storesin the nine years from 2010 to 2019, the company.

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