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Lehigh Valley Live: What Moravian Book Shop will look like when it changes hands

The Moravian Book Shop is readying to change hands in coming days and the newly owned store will be up and running in time for the next school year, according to the shop's board president.

Rick Santee said patrons currently will find a little discombobulation as shelves are moved and things are being changed around. Moravian College in April announced it would be buying the nation's longest continuously operating bookstore from the Moravian Church Northern Province.

The shop at 428 Main St. will become the college's primary bookstore and be managed by Barnes and Noble, which currently handles the day-to-day operations of the existing college bookstore in the Haupert Union Building on the north campus.

Historical fixtures, such as five pieces the book shop were loaned from the original Simon Rau Drugstore in the 1950s, were being moved Tuesday afternoon from the bookstore.

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