Harvard Book Store, a Harvard Square landmark that has been around since 1932, announcement Thursday it opens a second location, at Boston’s Prudential Center next spring.
The new store will be over 29,000 square feet and will occupy the space of Barnes and Noble, which closed on June 19.
“We are thrilled to bring Harvard Book Store to the city of Boston, while continuing our long tradition of selling books at our flagship Cambridge location,” said Jeff Mayersohn, co-owner of the Harvard Book Store with his wife, Linda Seamonson. , and John. Henry, who also owns Boston Globe Media, including Boston.com.
Operating under a long-term lease with Boston Properties, owner of the Prudential Center, the new location is expected to feature “state-of-the-art event space” and “vibrant community spaces” in addition to a wide range of books, including children’s books, according to a statement.
“This is an ambitious project and we believe we have assembled a great team to see it through,” Mayersohn said. “We envision it as an important addition to the city’s literary life and a welcoming space serving Boston’s many communities. We thank John and Linda Henry, whose recent investment in our business allows us to grow in this way. .
The independent store has a strong series of author events from book talks and book signings to Cambridge. Bryan Koop, Boston Properties vice president for the Boston area, mentioned them as a specific draw for the store to be in the Prudential Center.
This addition is the latest in a recent string of independent bookstore openings in Boston. A new bookstore called Beacon Hill Books & Cafe is opening in Beacon Hill this fall and includes a cafe on the first floor with three floors of books above. Porter Square Books opened a second Seaport branch called Porter Square Books: Boston Edition last fall, in partnership with the nonprofit creative writing association GrubStreet. Like the Harvard Book Store, their second location took them from Cambridge to Boston for the first time.
East End Books Town of Provincetown also opens a second bookstore in the Seaport called East End Books Boston Seaport. They are hosting a pop-up event at their new space on August 9th with the full opening coming around the holiday season.
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