Barnes & Noble Gets Ready To Say Goodbye to Bethesda Row

Bookseller to close its doors permanently Jan. 11


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Barnes & Noble on Bethesda Row

SARAH HOGUE

After 21 years selling books, Barnes & Noble is heading into its final week of business on Bethesda Row.

The retailer on Jan. 11 will permanently close the doors of its three-level location at the corner of Woodmont and Bethesda avenues. An Anthropologie clothing store is slated to move in to the 37,500-square-foot space vacated by the bookseller.

“It has been our pleasure to serve the Bethesda community for the last 21 years. We thank you for your continued patronage and support and send you our best wishes for the coming year,” a recorded message at the Barnes and Noble phone number says.

A heat outage forced the store to close Tuesday, but the location was back to selling books the following day, according to the message.

Much to their chagrin, local book shoppers learned in March that Barnes & Noble would be shutting down its Bethesda store. Federal Realty, the landlord of Bethesda Row, then announced in November that the neighborhood would get a new bookseller with the arrival of Amazon Books.

The Amazon outlet will claim a roughly 6,000-square-foot space at 7117 Arlington Road, an address currently occupied by the Urban Country home furnishings store. Urban Country will shift to 7121 Arlington Road in a move that should be finished the first week of January.

A spokeswoman for Federal Realty said Tuesday that the opening date for the Amazon Books isn’t yet available, but it could be announced sometime in early 2018.

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

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