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Barnes & Noble to Open New Store at 4000 McCain Boulevard, North Little Rock, Arkansas; New Bookstore Debuts on June 30.

NEW YORK -- Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), the world's largest bookseller, will open a new 24,000-square-foot bookstore on June 30 in the Other Center at 4000 McCain Boulevard, North Little Rock, Arkansas. The store will stock close to 200,000 book, music, DVD and magazine titles and include a cafe serving Starbucks coffee. The new North Little Rock Barnes & Noble will be open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday, and employ approximately 50 people from the community.

The public is invited to a Preview Night Party at the new North Little Rock Barnes & Noble on Tuesday, June 29, from 6 to 9 p.m. A portion of the Preview Night sales will benefit the North Little Rock School District. Costume character, Maisy the Mouse, will be on hand to meet her fans. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. Throughout the evening, music will be provided by Michael Carenbauer, a classical and jazz guitarist.

Barnes & Noble's bookselling innovations have established it as America's top retail brand for quality. The 2002 and 2003 EquiTrend(R) Brand Study by Harris Interactive(R) named Barnes & Noble number-one in quality among the country's retail brands. The new store will feature:

--The Barnes & Noble Membership Program. Designed for Barnes & Noble's best customers, this program gives Members an additional 10 percent off virtually every item in Barnes & Noble stores and 5 percent off already discounted prices online at Barnes & Noble.com. The annual fee is $25.

--Rapid special-order service. Can't find it on the shelf? Barnes & Noble's massive warehouse inventory is available in real-time, enabling its booksellers to order and confirm the availability of over one million titles at the click of a button.

--Large-scale children's departments. Bigger than most typical bookstores and stocking over 15,000 titles in an easy-to-browse environment, "Barnes & Noble Jr." departments are designed to appeal to children, parents, teachers and librarians. Children's story hours will be held twice a week.

--Advanced technology music-listening system. The store's music department will feature RedDotNet, the most advanced listening technology. RedDotNet enables customers to listen to any CD in the store, sampling up to 200,000 music titles by simply passing it under a scanner. Connected to the company's online electronic music catalog, the store's listening stations make "browsing with your ears" a reality.

--Giant Newsstand. The store's newsstand stocks over 2,000 titles, including hundreds of out-of-town newspapers and hard-to-find specialty and foreign magazines.

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS) is the world's largest bookseller, operating 653 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 49 states. It also operates 188 B. Dalton Bookseller stores, primarily in regional shopping malls. The company offers titles from more than 50,000 publisher imprints, including thousands of small, independent publishers and university presses. It conducts its e-commerce business through Barnes & Noble.com: http://www.bn.com.

Barnes & Noble also has approximately a 63 percent interest in GameStop (NYSE:GME), the nation's largest video-game and entertainment-software specialty retailer with 1,603 stores.

General financial information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained via the Internet by visiting the company's corporate Web site: http://www.barnesandnobleinc.com/financials.
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