Georgetown’s Barnes and Noble will close for good after New Year’s Eve. So stop by for your last chance to linger in the aisles. When GM visited last weekend, there were still plenty of books on the shelves:
This closing will be a huge hit to the neighborhood. While we’ll continue to have the superb Bridge Street Books and the interesting Lantern Books (and the mysterious used book store on 33rd St. that GM has never visited) the Barnes and Noble was the department store to Bridge Street Books boutique. You need both around.
GM subscribes to the goal laid out by Anthony Lanier: that Georgetown will be great when you don’t have to leave the neighborhood for anything but a flight at National. It’s not that GM doesn’t want to leave the neighborhood–far from it–it’s just that a great city neighborhood offers you almost everything you need within walking distance. With over 550 stores in Georgetown, we’re closer to that goal than many might realize, but we’ve still got long to go (Target would’ve moved us much closer, that’s for sure). But after Saturday, we’ll be taking a step back. And that step back will just carry all the more sting when we start seeing the swooshes go up.