Barnes and Noble Opening New Stores

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Barnes and Noble Opening New Stores

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I saw signs announcing a new Barnes and Noble in ritzy Downtown Walnut Creek, California. The original huge 2 story Barnes and Noble a few hundred feet away opened in 1997 and closed in 2016.

Rents have gone down in the past couple of years. Now businesses are coming back with offers of low rent. This new location is a 2 story location that was formerly Forever 21.

Many stores that closed a few years ago due to high rent are coming back. Häagen-Dazs is opening up a new store in Downtown.
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Barnes and Nobles has been opening some very upscale stores lately. The Folsom Palladio store has a full restaurant in it. I’d imagine in Walnut Creek they’ll be doing something similar.

Here is their restaurants website - https://www.barnesandnoblekitchen.com/locations/
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The new store will not be that big. I don't believe it has enough room for a restaurant. It might have room for a small cafe. We will see. A new Barnes and Noble opened up a few years ago in nearby Concord. That one only has a small cafe.
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The Ashburn, VA store is one of B&N's small format stores. It is also one of the stores that has the restaurant concept in it. An article from the Washington Business Journal at the store's opening notes the total store size is only 17,000 square feet. The restaurant takes up a quarter of that space. I don't think of a book store as a place that I would go to get a full meal. The cafe with small stuff and drinks is a better model I think. Makes it easier to linger around the store and possibly buy some stuff. However with audiobooks, eBooks and Amazon the amount of people buying books in stores is way down. The couple of times I have been in the Ashburn B&N the selection is mostly new releases, major authors and categories that are either hot a that time (theme month for example) or popular types of books for the area. Lots of political and social stuff at the Ashburn store. But you aren't going to find that odd ball book or related interest you might have found in a full size B&N or the old Borders stores. For that you'd have to go online. And why would I order and pick up in store when I can have ti shipped to my house. The restaurant isn't that much of a draw to me.
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Sounds like a somewhat smaller version of the stores they have left. They never went into music in the same way as Borders and other than some of their NYC stores, I never saw a B&N that was a truly full-line store like the larger "Flagship" Borders stores or regional chains like Joseph-Beth. I think they learned from their college stores how to sell more non-book merchandise than other stores and how to segment what they sold. They used to have better newsstands than Borders when people still bought magazines. They also had some depth in areas like travel (also selling a lot of maps), but not necessarily in genres like detective mysteries which were sold in lots of places like airports. B&N also seemed to add coffee shop areas earlier and more aggressively than other chains.

Borders started out as more of a full-line store. I went to the original in Ann Arbor and its larger incarnation in the former Jacobson's department store nearby. It was a place where you could find surprising variety and depth. It was a standout in a city full of good non-collegiate book stores. They couldn't replicate all of the idiosyncrasies of the original, like bring your dog into the store, but their DNA was more of a real book store than B&N and they wound up with Waldens to serve as their store for more casual readers.

There are scattered indies that have done well mixing restaurants and bookstores like Kramerbooks in DC which has been around since the 70s or 80s. It was bought by the &pizza guy a few years ago. Even when the food went down hill as it did in the '00s, they still drew a lot of people for food and books. They outlived the other bookstores in the neighborhood which were picked off by the 9/11 downturn in tourism and then the full impact of Amazon.
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