DeKALB – The city once again has an operating book store with independent retailer Book World’s grand opening.
The store will open at 10 a.m. today in the Junction Shopping Center, 858 W. Lincoln Highway, according to a Facebook post and sign on the door. It occupies a 7,000-square-foot space between Laundry Lounge and Fushi Yami Restaurant.
Appleton, Wisconsin-based Book World has 45 stores in Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota. The family-owned company offers hardcover and paperback books.
Book World fielded several requests from people in the area for locating one of its stores in DeKalb and visited the area several times to see whether the Junction location would work, Gregg Belonger, vice president of store operations for Book World Inc., told the Daily Chronicle in May.
The Junction Shopping Center is a multi-tenant strip center with 17 storefronts. For more than 20 years, it was home to the Junction Book Store, which opened in 1969, the year the shopping center was built.
The Junction Book Store closed in 2002, not long after Borders Books & Music opened in November 2001 and Barnes & Noble announced plans of its own for a bookstore across the street. After the Junction Book Store, the space was occupied by Dollar General.
Since Barnes & Noble closed its 21,000-square-foot space at 2439 Sycamore Road at the end of 2014, DeKalb had been without a general-interest bookstore.