Barnes & Noble recently opened a new store in the Morrison development in the SouthPark area, a move that took the store from the Sharon Corners Shopping Center into a larger, more modern space.
At more than 28,000 square feet, the Morrison store began offering music and movies, and features an expanded selection of books and audiobooks, store spokeswoman Judy Harper said. The previous location, just a few blocks away, was 23,000 square feet. The store had been there 15 years.
Barnes & Noble is not the only store to relocate to Morrison, a development of homes, restaurants and stores at the corner of Sharon and Colony Roads. Earlier this year, accessories boutique B.D. Jeffries relocated there from the nearby Phillips Place shopping center on Fairview Road.
Harper said Barnes & Noble liked Morrison's visible location.
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“We have such community ties in SouthPark that we thought it wouldn't be too much of a stretch for our customers to come just down the street,” she said. “Also, it was just time for a renovation.”
The Morrison store has an expanded gift section and children's department. In addition, it features listening stations where shoppers can hear portions of a CD or audiobook.