BEAUMONT, TX-Barnes & Noble Inc, has signed a long-term lease to open a superstore concept bookstore at Parkdale Mall at Dowlen Road and Highway 69 in Beaumont. Build-out construction will begin in mid-September 2002, a source tells The retailer is planning a late October 2002 opening.

Alan Kahn, Barnes & Noble’s COO, says the superstore “will reflect the local lifestyles and interests of Beaumont customers.” Beaumont is located northeast of Houston.

Barnes & Noble has nine stores in Houston and the surrounding area and three Bookstops, also owned by Barnes & Noble. Nationwide, the New York City-based company operates 582 Barnes & Noble stores and 328 B. Dalton bookstores.

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