The space built at Harrisburg Mall for a Barnes & Noble bookstore that never opened is getting a tenant, according to the partnership that owns and manages the mall.
National retailer 2nd & Charles, which specializes in reselling used CDs, video games, books and other media, has signed a lease for the 27,000-square-foot location, St. John Properties Inc. and Petrie Ross Ventures said this morning.
The 2nd & Charles outlet will open in May, the partners said in a news release. It will be the company's first store in Pennsylvania.
"The store's expected presence later this spring fills a significant vacancy in a highly visible and strategic position within the mall," mall Director Bill Russell said in a statement.
2nd & Charles is a division of Books-A-Million and operates in six states. Besides media, the store also resells game systems and small consumer electronics such as iPods and e-readers.
After delaying its opening, Barnes & Noble canceled its plans for good in late 2008, citing concerns over the financial health of the complex's then-owner, Feldman Mall Properties Inc., "and their inability to complete substantial components of the property," according to Business Journal records.
The next year, the banks that held the mall's mortgages acquired the property in a sheriff's sale. Maryland-based St. John Properties and Petrie Ross bought the mall from the banks for $9.5 million this past June. Since then, the new co-owners have been making renovations and working to add more tenants to the current roster of about 70.