Cheyenne's Barnes & Noble moved out of their former location at 1851 Dell Range Blvd as they closed their doors back on May 15th. They planned to move into a temporary space inside Frontier Mall. But where would that space be exactly?

The new space is on the west side of the mall across from Joanne Fabrics, just a couple doors down from the inside mall entrance to JAX. Here's a little of what to expect should you walk by the entrance...

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There hasn't been an official date announced as of yet for when they are set to open, but they do have signs up that state, "BARNES & NOBLE...COMING SOON!" So we at least know where they plan to set up shop within the Frontier Mall. You can also see where it is in relation to the JAX Cheyenne Outdoor Gear, Farm & Ranch inside mall entrance.

Sources have recently said they hope to open later this summer. Their hope is to move to a new standalone location at some point early in 2023 but temporarily, they will be in the Frontier Mall spot as soon as they are open for business.

Natural Grocers is in the process of moving to the former location of Barnes & Noble at the aforementioned Dell Range address. Barnes & Noble had been in their previous location on Dell Range for the past 27 years.

We may have to wait, but the new Barnes & Noble location has its spot inside Frontier Mall.

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CLASSIC CHEYENNE: The Cole Shopping Center

In December of 2020, Blue Federal Credit Union completed its new headquarters at the corner of Converse and Pershing in Cheyenne. Well, it’s not so much a ‘corner’ as it is the smooth edge of a roundabout, but anyway. Before Blue FCU built its new campus, the site was at one time a premier shopping destination for Cheyenne. From the 1950s through 2016 it was Cheyenne's Cole Shopping Center.

Local businessman Frank Cole bought the land that would become a Cheyenne gathering place in the 1950s when the corner of Converse and Pershing was the edge of town. Starting in 1952, three different Safeway grocery stores called the Cole home over its half-century of existence.  A plethora of other stores served the neighborhood too. From the movie theater to Blockbuster; there was the Cole Department Store, the fabric store, the East Branch of the Carnegie Library, and so much more.

As Cheyenne grew and changed, the Shopping Center fell into decline. Stores closed and new ones didn't take their places. The anchor of the area, Safeway, closed for good in 2016 with much of the rest following. In 2018 the buildings were demolished and the new construction began. 

The Cole was so integral to the neighborhood that when we asked on social media for folks’ memories we were flooded with hundreds of responses. 

Check out many of those memories below, along with several pictures of the Cole Shopping Center, mostly from near the end in the twenty-teens.