Books-A-Million to replace booksellers at many Cafaro malls

Youngstown, Ohio -- Shopping center owner Cafaro Co. said Wednesday that Books-A-Million will fill vacant and soon-to-be vacant spaces in a lineup of its malls around the country.

Beginning in August, new Books-A-Million stores will open at Spotsylvania Towne Centre, Fredericksburg, Va.; Millcreek Mall, Erie, Pa.; and Meadowbrook Mall, Bridgeport, W.V.

Pending formal rejection of existing Borders leases through the bankruptcy process, other Books-A-Million stores will open at Kennedy Mall, Dubuque, Iowa; Huntington Mall, Barboursville, W. Va.; Ohio Valley Mall, St. Clairsville, Ohio; Sandusky Mall, Sandusky, Ohio; and The Mall of Monroe, Monroe, Mich. At each location, the new Books-A-Million stores will occupy between 2,300 and 20,000 sq. ft., and all are slated for a pre-holiday 2011 opening.

According to Cafaro, most of the stores that are closing are operated by the Border’s chain. The Fredericksburg location was formerly operated by Joseph-Beth Booksellers.