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.

Lucinda Hasterlik January 01, 2012 at 11:55 AM
bhockey January 01, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Seems to me we're seeing another greedy landlord...with 2 monsters going out B&N and T'rUS...it's obvious who's to blame...sorry to see them go.
Jim R. January 01, 2012 at 01:50 PM
want to talk about greed????... The landlord of HyTech Automotive (gas station across the street of this shopping center), raised rent $5k a month! He has no choice but to shut down and relocate. What the hell is going on on Rt. 110???
Big_E January 01, 2012 at 02:50 PM
The REIT also owns the Huntington Square Mall (where Sears is located), with the exception of Sears, and the Melville Mall, where Kohl's is located. Hopefully he doesn't drive away all those businesses, too.
Kirstin January 01, 2012 at 02:54 PM
The loss of these two retailers is a big blow to our community...Barnes and Noble has been a cornerstone in this community---reaching out to local schools for author signings/talks and hosting numerous fundraising book fairs for local PTAs. Such a shame that we have lost a valued partner in education. Wonder who will fill this void for our children...
George January 01, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Sears is closing down
George January 01, 2012 at 04:21 PM
1st Lowe's pulls out then B & N, TRU & now Sears & K mart. Way to Frank
Big_E January 01, 2012 at 05:10 PM
K-Mart and Sears are not closing (yet) in our area. List of closings announced: http://searsholdings.com/about/122711_close.pdf
Jonathan Dees January 01, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Get used to closings like this. Let's face it, the internet is changing everything. Pretty soon, people won't even leave their house - they'll just buy everything online. The paradigm continues to change.......
Theliberalconservative January 02, 2012 at 03:40 AM
Who is to blame for the book review going out of business or moving?
Big_E January 02, 2012 at 01:33 PM
@Theliberalconservative: Book Revue was ALSO having landlord problems (see a pattern here?) but I thought that was resolved months ago...
Andrea January 02, 2012 at 03:47 PM
No one. Book Revue isn't going anywhere.
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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