‘Local Charm Is Going Away’: Residents React to Anthropologie Replacing Bethesda’s Barnes & Noble

Several demonstrate regret, while some shoppers and businesses acquire new store

Walkers pass by a Barnes  Noble on Wednesday.

Walkers pass by a Barnes Noble on Wednesday.

Joe Zimmermann

Residents and shoppers walking Wednesday along Bethesda and Woodmont avenues in downtown Bethesda had fond memories about time spent in Barnes Noble, a Bethesda Row bookseller that will tighten during a finish of this year.

Adrienne Hand of Bethesda pronounced it was a special place for her since she wrote a book sitting in a cafe—Make Way for Women. Along with others, she pronounced she was disappointed by a news that Anthropologie would be replacing a bookstore, that she pronounced was desired by writers, yet also served as a entertainment place for a community.

Federal Realty Investment Trust announced Wednesday that Anthropologie Co., a large-scale indication of a wardrobe and accessories retailer, will open in a dilemma space in tumble 2018. Barnes Noble has operated there for 20 years, yet in Mar a orator announced its designed departure.

“I consider that Bethesda is branch into an upscale any town, and a internal attract is going away,” Hand said.

Rachel Cokinos, a Potomac resident, pronounced she takes her 7-year-old daughter to Barnes Noble each day. After her father died a few years ago, they continued going to a store where they used to accommodate him as a approach to commemorate him, she said.

“Every day in a summer we go there, that’s a slight and a singular place,” she said, observant a trip wouldn’t be a same with another sell store. “That’s a nauseating place. We have a lot of good memories there.”

Though several people interviewed reacted with disappointment at a suspicion of Anthropologie Co. holding a space of Barnes Noble, a few voiced fad during a tentative arrival of a dialect store-style tradesman that will offer a full-service grill and café as good as special sections for gardening supplies, seat and other products.

Elizabeth Owen pronounced she loves Anthropologie and thinks it’s a artistic and singular chain, yet still doesn’t consider it will reinstate a blank left by Barnes Noble. The bookstore appealed to all ages, generally kids, she said.

“I consider it’s going to be a hole [in a community] since that’s another sell garments store,” a Bethesda proprietor said. “Nowadays [Bethesda Row is] all a stores we can find anywhere.”

Managers of circuitously stores were some-more confident about a new retailer, and several businesses pronounced they design a same or improved feet trade once Anthropologie moves in.

“It’ll unequivocally be good business for Bethesda,” pronounced Kolu Ziama, behaving manager during Luna, a women’s conform store subsequent to Barnes Noble. “It will assistance a area grow unequivocally and it’ll be a good foe also.”

Still, zero will kick what a bookstore has offered to a village over a years, according to one internal mom who wasn’t happy about a news.

“It stinks,” pronounced Florine Hamilton of Glover Park. in Washington, D.C. “We should read. Enough of a clothing.”

Other reactions to a news poured in on amicable media Wednesday:

On Bethesda Beat’s Facebook page the story generated hundreds of reactions.

“It’s unhappy that one of a “most educated” towns in a nation won’t have a book store!” wrote Jen Madison. “Love Anthropologie yet not adequate to reinstate a area book store and entertainment spot!”

“I grew adult in Bethesda and desired that section of my life,” Scott Simpson wrote. “I still suffer my annual summer revisit there with my relatives brother’s family yet am a small saddened by how Bethesda has grown altered over a years.”

Not everybody was unhappy though.

“All a haters…. we LOVE THIS!!!” announced Blaire Kelleher on a Facebook post.

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