A North Texas author will be at the grand opening of the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Flower Mound on Nov. 15.

Author Julia Heaberlin will be on hand for the opening at 9 a.m., according to a news release from Barnes & Noble. The new Barnes & Noble is located in The Highlands of Flower Mound and previously operated at The Shops at Highland Village.

Barnes & Noble officials announced the move to Flower Mound in the spring, with the store at 4100 Deer Creek closing in June. A Cheesecake Factory will move into the space formerly occupied by Barnes & Noble. The Cheesecake Factory is slated to open Dec. 5, said Ravi Wadhwa, senior general manager at The Shops at Highland Village.

The details

The new store is located adjacent to World Market, in the same center as Target and Sephora. Heaberlin, who grew up in Decatur and and is a former newspaper journalist who now writes fiction, will cut the ribbon and sign copies of her books.

What they're saying

“When our previous lease ended earlier this year, we committed to finding a new home here in Flower Mound,” Barnes & Noble CEO James Daunt said in the release. “Now we will open the doors to this beautiful new space just in time for the height of holiday shopping. We are very pleased to remain in The Highlands, and even more excited to do so in such a stunning new bookstore.”

In 2022, Barnes & Noble opened more new bookstores in a single year than it had in the decade from 2009 to 2019, the release stated. The bookseller expects to open over 30 new bookstores in 2023 and over 50 in 2024.

“Our longtime customers have been anxiously awaiting our grand opening all summer,” Store manager Lisa Bianchi said in the release. “The experienced booksellers here in Flower Mound have been hard at work filling shelves and displays with the books we know our customers want. We can’t wait to welcome everyone back to their brand-new Barnes & Noble.”

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