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Barnes & Noble Closes Its Doors

Huntington Station closes after leasing dispute.

The Barnes & Noble store in Huntington Station closed its doors for good Saturday night.

Unable to reach a new lease agreement with Federal Realty, the chain will continue operations in other stores, including East Northport. Federal Realty continues to offer the 24,930-square-foot space. The Maryland company also is handling Toys R Us, which is expected to shut down at the Huntington Shopping Center by the third week of January. The center normally has 14 tenants.

By Saturday afternoon, the Barnes and Noble had numerous empty shelves, though its signs advertising new books were still on display. A sign thanked customers but noted the leasing impasse.

Some workers were bidding farewell to each other but carried on as customers came and went.

Andrea January 02, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Apparently the landlord doesn't agree - since it's in best interest to have paying tenants, he clearly thinks he can get more $, which would lend towards "brick and mortar" stores doing well.
Jonathan Dees January 02, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Andrea - and landlords are always right? Book stores are going the way of record stores. Every major retailer has their own website to make online purchases. And Amazon continues to grow. Retail is overbuilt (see Lowes). Things are changing. Adapt or die.
Andrea January 02, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Jonathan, That wasn't really my point. Whether or not the landlord is right remains to be seen - My point was that the reason these specific stores are leaving is due to the landlord, not changing business models and marketplaces. Simply, this has nothing to do with the internet. They are also both mega-stores with significant online retail operations to support their overall financial health.
Jonathan Dees January 03, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Andrea - I think it does have to do with the internet. If people still flocked to bookstores toy stores, don't you think B&N and Toys 'R' Us would pay the higher rent to sell their goods there? As you say, they both have significant online retail operations, so why should they pay higher rent on stores like these if you can sell your merchandise online with lower overhead? I don't think you can ignore the internet's impact on decisions like what we're seeing on 110. Plus, if it has nothing to do with the internet, why are they not opening a new store somewhere else in the area?
Diane Schaber January 03, 2012 at 12:12 PM
i am sure that it does have to do with the landlords! He wants to subdivide and put 4 stores in B&N? why? smaller stores mean they have to have high rents, and that must mean they sell hi-end stuff, they should go to the mall. I cant afford the mall and love the small strip. When did u go to B&N and not have lines, and Toys r us was NEVER slow

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