Borders bookstore is officially a tenant at the Sandusky Mall.
The retailer will occupy more than 20,000 square feet inside the north end of the mall, adjacent to J.C. Penney. It will take over the space currently occupied by The Shoe Dept. and the Kitchen Collection's former spot. The Shoe Dept. will relocate across the corridor from Macy's department store.
With both interior and exterior entrances, the one-story bookstore will offer customers books, music, movies and stationary items as well as a Seattle's Best Coffee Cafe.
According to a press release faxed to the Sandusky Register Friday afternoon, mall owners signed a lease with Borders Group Inc. to bring the popular bookstore to the mall.
"Sandusky Mall is well-positioned to continue to lead the region as a premiere shopping destination," wrote Norm Peters, vice president of real estate for the Cafaro Company, the Youngstown company that owns the mall.
"The recent additions of Target and Old Navy along with Borders and Dick's sporting goods strengthens the mall's standing as one of North Central Ohio's strongest retail establishments," he said.
Borders will join Dick's Sporting Goods store as the newest additions to the Sandusky Mall area. Construction is under way on the 45,000-square-foot sporting goods store that will anchor the east end of the Sandusky Pavilion. Dick's is to open by Thanksgiving.
Borders Group, Inc. is a $4 billion retailer based in Ann Arbor, Mich. Borders Group operates more than 1,300 Borders and Waldenbooks stores worldwide.
Plans for groundbreaking and opening dates on the bookstore have not been released. Mall officials could not be reached for comment following the announcement.