Barnes & Noble has set an opening date for its store in Natick's Sherwood Plaza

NATICK Book lovers in MetroWest can rejoice: Barnes & Noble is reopening next week at its new location in the Sherwood Plaza on Route 9.

The bookseller's previous location at Shoppers World in Framingham less than a half-mile away closed earlier this year as part of a redevelopment project that saw both Barnes & Noble and Old Navy close to make way for an Amazon Fresh supermarket.

Barnes & Noble announced on its Facebook page that its new Natick store will open on Wednesday, June 14. It will take the place of a former Petco store, beside Dick's Sporting Goods in Sherwood Plaza.

The former Barnes & Noble at Shoppers World in Framingham will reopen next week at the Sherwood Plaza in Natick, June 1, 2023.

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To commemorate the bookseller's MetroWest return, the store is hosting several author signings during its first few days in business. Children's author and illustrator Peter H. Reynolds will be at the store at 9 a.m. on June 14, followed by suspense author Peter Swanson at 10 a.m. Historical writer Emily Franklin will be at Barnes & Noble at 5 p.m., also on June 14, to sign copies of her latest book, "The Lioness of Boston," a biography about Isabella Stewart Gardner.

Fantasy author Alexander Darwin will sign copies of his book, "The Combat Codes," starting at 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 15.

Store has provided updates of its progress in Natick

Barnes & Noble's Framingham location closed on Jan. 24, with officials at the time expecting to open the new Natick location this spring. Since then, the store has posted frequent updates on its Facebook page, noting the construction process of converting a former pet supply store into a bookstore, with books slowly being added to the shelves to welcome bookworms when the store officially reopens.

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Back in January, a local Barnes & Noble manager told the Daily News that he wasn't sure of the new store's size but believed it to be "a tiny bit smaller" than the Framingham store.

Hours for the Natick store will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

Founded in 1886, New York-based Barnes & Noble is the nation's largest brick-and-mortar bookstore chain, with about 600 stores across all 50 states. It has been privately held since 2019.

The closest Barnes & Noble stores to MetroWest are those in Dedham, Burlington, East Walpole and Bellingham.

While many of the chain's stores, including the previous location in Framingham, contain a Starbucks coffee shop inside, the Natick store will not a Starbucks is already operating within the Sherwood Plaza.

This article originally appeared on MetroWest Daily News: Barnes and Noble ready to debut Natick store later this month