• I remember when we opened Forest Hills. It was during the B&N mall store purge. The future was the “superstore”, that prediction turned out to he short sighted. I have a funny feeling the “end of paper” prediction everyone is making will be off base as well. I’ll miss B&N but 20 years from now? I’m pretty sure something will have filled the gap.

  • Mary Ann Barton

    Hi, just wanted to clarify that there are about a half-dozen Barnes & Nobles book stores within 15 minutes of DC, just over the Potomac River, in Northern Virginia, in the City of Alexandria, Fairfax County and Arlington County. Hope they aren’t on the list!

  • GentleGiant

    There are also two excellent independent bookstores, Kramerbooks and Politics and Prose, in DC.

  • Brendan Muse

    And Busboys and Poets. And there’s a fantastic foreign language bookstore in Northwest that I don’t remember the name of – I went there looking for materials for learning Dutch and came home with The Little Prince in Latin and German and a book about Lithuanian. Not to mention used book stores

  • Michael

    I enjoy the Good E-Reader articles, but I have to say that this one is completely and totally off base and filled with idle speculation. So they have 442 leases due. So what? This does not mean there are going to be mass closures or a bloodbath. The facts are that they have renewed many more leases than closed. They are only closing 10 stores in the current fiscal year and there are plans to open new store locations beginning in May of 2016. You guys are free to write what you want, but I really wish members of the media would actually do their homework and look at the whole picture before issuing “The sky is falling hyperbole.”

  • talesofjonathan

    Barnes & Noble’s Bethesda location is less than ten minutes from the city limits (upscale NorthWest residential DC, not downtown). Rockville is close as well.

  • Ronald

    Clearly you have no idea of the nature of commercial real estate. To have 80% of the portfolio come up for negotiation at the same time is either incredibly poor management or sheer negligence – or maybe.

  • Ronald

    Nothing is 15 minutes in DC. At times of day, going from the city to NV is a pure slog. You also presume private cars v public transportation.

  • The Wall Street Journal was the one that quoted the number of leases expiring and raised the point that some might not be renewed. Apparently the Journal was wrong about this, as the head of B&N PR pointed out to me.

  • I spoke with one of the heads of retail. They said the Journal was wrong, same with the Huffington Post. The bookstore leases expired from 2013 to 2016 and people at B&N said they have all been renewed minus the 30 that closed.

    I basically rewrote the entire article to be 100% factually correct with the info provided to me from B&N, with statements provided by the head of retail.

  • John

    I would like to disagree about there being no Barnes and Noble locations within the DC city limits. I purchased a book from their downtown location, a block from Metro Center last week.

    If you meant to say that they are planning to close that location as well, that’s a different story.

  • Darryl

    The DC location is now closed.

  • PubliusC

    Since when does 197 stores to be closed over 6 years equal 19.7 per year??? Must be the new math.

  • The only interview he gave about the booksellers long term plans was from an interview with the Wall Street Journal from late 2013. So the math is from 2013 to 2022.

  • ThomasHogglestock

    The last DC location did not close in 2014, it closed at the end of 2015.

  • PubliusC

    OK, then this is pretty poor writing: “Barnes and Noble currently has 647 stores and plans to only have 450 by 2022.”

  • Jason D. Antos

    The Bayside location is already closed. It shut its doors on December 31 (not in six months from now as stated in the article).

  • Jason D. Antos

    The Bayside location is already closed. It shut its doors on December 31 simultaneously with Forest Hills. (not in six months from now as stated in the article).

  • Colin Steinke

    I thought that e-book sales were down? But now they’re up?

  • well considering there was no e-book market to speak of in 2005-2006, and today is roughly 21% of all trade sales, that is notable for bookstores. e-book sales overall plateaued in 2014 and have been gradually declining ever since.

  • Colin Steinke

    This is fair, but you should say that.

    “Due to the increase in the e-book market over the past 10 years…” is different than “the rise of e-books.” Maybe the context was different for me because I’ve seen you write about the “decline of e-books” multiple times, so I just assumed this was contradictory to those.

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