Thursday, February 17, 2022

[EXCLUSIVE] Barnes & Noble Being Replaced by New "Shopportunity" at Edgewood Retail District

Barnes & Noble will soon close their longstanding store at the Edgewood Retail District.  The retailer made the closure announcement on their location-specific Facebook page Wednesday, saying that the store will close as of April 3.  According to the post, the landlord [North American Development Group], did not offer the book retailer a lease renewal.  

The 24,500 square foot store opened in 2005 and while it's far from the first tenant to close (Caribou Coffee, Uncle Maddio's Pizza and Cold Stone Creamery, among others have previously closed), it is the first anchor to close in the project in its 17 year history.  

"It is a heavy heart that we announce we are closing this location on April 3, 2022. Unfortunately, the landlord has made the decision not to renew our lease. We have truly enjoyed being part of this community, and we are actively looking for other spaces in the area.  If you have any ideas where we could open a new store close by, please email MyBarnesandNoble@bn.com with Edgewood Retail District in the subject line."

It's intriguing to hear that the company feels strongly enough about the market that they are already indicating they plan to reopen in the area.  

Several sources confirm to ToNeTo Atlanta that off-price retailer Marshalls has leased the Barnes & Noble space and will open later this year.  Sibling off-price retailer T.J. Maxx opened a store in Midtown Place across from Ponce City Market in 2012 where they backfilled a former Borders Books & Music store.  Marshalls has in recent years relocated several Atlanta area stores, including one that will move to Merchants Walk in East Cobb, but the new Edgewood Retail District store was one of the first completely new stores for the chain in metro Atlanta in several years.  

Barnes & Noble continues to operate more than a dozen other Atlanta area stores including those in Buckhead, Alpharetta, Dunwoody, Buford, and Morrow, among others.  The company also operates university stores at Georgia Tech and Emory.  The retailer in 2012 closed its store on Pleasant Hill Road in Duluth and in 2013 closed its store at Camp Creek Marketplace in East Point where today Beauty Master operates.  A Barnes & Noble store on Cobb Parkway near Cumberland Mall is slated to close in the coming months to make way for a redevelopment that is expected to include several new restaurants.  

Are you sad to see Barnes & Noble close at Edgewood Retail District?  Are you excited to hear that Marshalls will replace the bookseller?  Where do you think Barnes & Noble should reopen?

Please share your thoughts below.  

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very sad to see any Barnes & Noble close. That store was the main reason I went to that shopping center. I like Marshall's but surprised to see it as a worthy replacement for Barnes and Noble.

Anonymous said...

The dumbing down of this country continues with the Fox Noise. We need bookstores. We need a healthy media and real newspapers and real alternative newspapers. We don't have that anymore. We're getting nothing but right wing propaganda. People need to read to question what's going on in this country.

Anonymous said...

B&N Cumberland is not slated for closure at this time. The deal for the Starbucks & Chicken place you are referencing fell through since it couldn't get through the zoning process.

Sanni said...

Sad to see it go, need physical stores to purchase books from. What's next the local library?

Kimberly said...

I am disgusted. Books develop independent, creative thinking, something that seems to be endangered by the day. The landowner should have ended it’s lease with Ross and replaced it with Marshall’s.

Kimberly said...

I am disgusted. Books develop independent, creative thinking, something that seems to be endangered by the day. The landowner should have ended it’s lease with Ross and replaced it with Marshall’s.

Unknown said...

Very sad. Again $$$$ are the bottom line!

Anonymous said...

Yuck. As if the world needs another Marshalls with fast fashion. This is horrible news, devastating to our family that has been customers ever since it opened. Our children spend their childhood here with free weekly story time. I hate this so much and you guys suck for not letting Barnes and Noble stay!

Unknown said...


So very sad to know of barnes and noble closing. It is the primary reason I moved to R Station apartments one month ago.

Cynthia said...

Yes, I am sad to see it go, but maybe the departure of the big box book stores will open opportunities for the smaller book stores of yesteryear!

Unknown said...

Extremely sad and shocked!

Nathan Ziglar said...

I think Barnes and Noble should open a new location in Toco Hills.

Unknown said...

Fantastic idea! Enpty spaces frequently come up available in that shopping center.

Anonymous said...

It was just a great place to come and hang out for over the years. They had the best Starbucks vs Target and Kroger. It was also a great place to socialize! The Retail District will never be the same.

Anonymous said...

The retailers can expect to lose one more customer ....because B& N was the only reason 2 come to Edgewood. I'm out.

Anonymous said...

How about where the old Whole Foods was
Located? I believe that was on the corner the briar cliff and lavista next to mellow mushroom across from the Hawaiian restaurant. I think that would be a perfect location.

Anonymous said...

How about the old Whole Foods location at the corner of briar cliff and lavista next to mellow mushroom and across from the Hawaiian restaurant.
Location

Atlantan99 said...

@Anon RE: Former Whole Foods,

That property is becoming a new Tesla service center:

https://www.tonetoatl.com/2022/06/New-Tesla-Facility-Replacing-Atlanta-First-Whole-Foods-Market.html

Anonymous said...

Wow! So they close one of the only few profitable bookstores down in the area - and people wonder why Amazon is taking over retail markets. Just sad.

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