Federal Realty ‘Thrilled’ To Bring Amazon Books to Bethesda Row

Neighborhood’s Barnes & Noble expected to close in January


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The landlord of Bethesda Row said the company is excited to introduce Amazon Books to the area, so readers will continue to have shopping options after the exit of Barnes & Noble.

“We are thrilled to be in a position to continue to provide our customers with a bookstore offering at Bethesda Row by bringing Amazon Books to the neighborhood,” Chris Weilminster, president of mixed-use for Federal Realty Investment Trust, said in a prepared statement. “We heard loud and clear from the community that this was a category of retail that is wanted and valued in the neighborhood, and we are confident that Amazon Books will be a great addition to Bethesda Row.”

Earlier this week, the news broke that Amazon Books is on its way to 7117 Arlington Road, a roughly 6,000-square-foot space currently filled with an Urban Country home furnishing store. The e-commerce company confirmed the arrival, but a spokesperson didn’t give an opening date.

The Barnes & Noble at Woodmont and Bethesda avenues is expected to leave Jan. 11, according to a Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center newsletter.

Amazon has opened 13 brick-and-mortar bookstores in seven states across the nation over the past two years and is working to launch one in Georgetown.

The stores act as a “physical extension” of the website and are filled with books chosen based on sales, customer reviews and other factors.

“As retailers become more strategic with their decisions on where to open brick-and-mortar locations, Bethesda Row continues to offer the dynamic mix of retail, restaurant, entertainment and service uses that attract a sophisticated customer who understands and embraces the future of shopping,” Weilminster said in the prepared statement.

The 37,500-square-foot space now occupied by Barnes & Noble is slated for an Anthropologie clothing store after the bookstore leaves Bethesda Row.

Bethany Rodgers can be reached at bethany.rodgers@bethesdamagazine.com.

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