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Barnes & Noble will Shut Its Doors December 31

Lease for Norwalk location will not be renewed

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Norwalk, CT | Added on November 13, 2014 At 05:22 PM

Barnes and Noble here Norwalk will soon be closing its doors. The book store's lease for its space at 360 Connecticut Avenue ends January 31st and will not be renewed.  

Customers have until the end of the year to buy items from the Barns and Noble bookstore in the ShopRite Plaza before the store shuts its doors to the public on December 31st. 

"I'm actually super upset," said New Canaan resident Hannah Kirkpatrick.  

Barnes and Noble vice president of Development David Deason released a statement saying:

“Our lease is expiring on January 31, 2015. We had lengthy conversations with property owner to extend the lease, but they have communicated that they intend to go in an alternate direction. We are disappointed that we will not be able to continue to operate the store in Norwalk, but we look forward to continuing to service our Norwalk-area customers at the nearby Westport location and online at" 

Store managers say once doors shut they'll be working to clear out the space. Regular costumers tell us they're shocked the bookstore chain will no longer have a place in Norwalk.

"It is atrocious that the store's closing," said Stamford resident Martha Wallace. "I live in Stamford, it's bad enough I have to come all the way up here after Borders closed on High Ridge Road in Stamford, and I thought Barnes and Noble would be our saving grace as far as having a bookstore."  

"It's a shame," said Reed Corbo, Norwalk resident. "I don't know where I'm going to hang out now. I liked the Starbucks too, but I could go to another Starbucks, but I'd rather go to a book shop so I could read books."  

"We come here all the time to do homework just because it a comfortable place to be and I like that it's so close because the next one is at a mall and it's super annoying," said Kirkpatrick.

"This is a place to get away from things," said New Canaan resident Jessica Dantas. "Normal libraries are just silent and you don't have a lot of options and this is like for art too and you get to do a lot of things and you get to buy the books and you have a choice here." 


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