Barnes and Noble Closing Down This Weekend

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.



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17 responses to “Barnes and Noble Closing Down This Weekend

  1. I wonder if Olsson’s bookstore on Wisconsin Avenue, or the Francis Scott Key bookstore at 28th and O Sts. would have survived if Barnes & Noble never came to Georgetown. Anthony Lanier was so boastful of the bookstore chain occupying one of his buildings. Guess Georgetowners will now have to go across the bridge into Virginia to find a good bookstore.

  2. Joan Kennan

    Do I hear the sound of the funeral march playing softly in the background?

    A sad day for Georgetown book lovers.

  3. Joan Kennan

    Re: Dave’s comment: you won’t have to go to Virginia to find a good bookstore. Fortunately, we still have Politics & Prose on upper Connecticut Avenue.

  4. downtown dave

    @ Dave… You could also walk to Dupont Circle and check out a half dozen or so bookstores or you could go downtown to the 12th Street B&N. Frankly I prefer the independent Bridge Street anyway…

  5. Ml Field

    What is so bad about coming one mile away to VA? I go to DC all the time. This mentality about DC, VA and MD astounds me – we are one big city – enjoy it!

  6. asuka

    Barnes & Noble or no Barnes & Noble, Olson’s would have gone out of business, because bookstores are an antiquated business model. And no, it’s not because people don’t read anymore (the tired refrain of pseudo intellectual elitists) – it’s because people would rather buy their books online and in electronic form. No one but a handful of people who don’t know what an e-reader is (or an iPad, or the internet, or the rotary phone, or the..) will miss this chain store. Besides, aren’t we suppose to hate chain stores?

  7. RNM

    While I still prefer the physical reality of an actual book…I still don’t have to leave Georgetown to buy them, I don’t even have to leave my house. Hello, Amazon. If I want a really old school experience, there is always a public library. The loss of Barnes and Noble is not a loss at all, but an opening or opportunity to put a retail presence into this community that I might actually use and put out of its misery a dying business model. The only constant is change.

  8. SAR

    Seemingly in the minority, but I will very much miss the Barnes & Noble!

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  10. Eric

    Someone tell Joe Bastianich & Mario Batali that a huge new space is available for Eataly.

  11. Kara Harkins

    I have an ereader, but it is just for ‘comfort reading’ – old faves, reading while traveling, that sort of thing.

    Sure, I order from Amazon — but for mass market paperbacks. When I want a hardcover to be autographed and will proudly display in a bookcase I will go to a brick&mortar store. Prefererably a small local one like Politics and Prose, but second choice is a B&N or Books-a-Million.

  12. Alex

    Does anybody know what will take over B&N?

  13. steven

    @Eric—I like where you are heading with your comments! Otherwise, access to books and other printed literature great, corporate or not. B&N sorry to see you go, but books etc. have a timeless power, no matter the seller.

  14. You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. -Abraham Lincoln

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  16. Joan Kennan

    Why is this old email from 2011 appearing in my inbox now??


    On Thu, May 2, 2013 at 6:53 PM, The Georgetown Metropolitan wrote:

    > ** > How much does teeth whitening cost commented: “Iím not that much of a > online reader to be honest but your blogs really nice, keep it up! I’ll go > ahead and bookmark your site to come back later on. All the best” >

  17. Topher

    You must have subscribed to the comments. That was a spam comment that just showed up today and has been deleted. Spammers seem to hit random old posts.

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