Barnes & Noble’s beloved, quirky 5th Ave store has closed for good

Posted at 8:26 PM, Jan 07, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-08 15:26:22-05

NEW YORK (PIX11) — The beloved 105 5th Ave. Barnes & Noble location has closed for good, the glass doors of the “world’s largest bookstore” now locked and covered to prevent a peek inside.

“Thank you for your patronage over the years,” reads a sign out front, advising students to find their textbooks online or on campus.  The phone number to the store now runs a message directing shoppers to the nearby Union Square location.

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The “world’s largest bookstore” left a notice of thanks for students and other customers. (Photo/Rolando Pujol)

The store at 105 5th Avenue was a favorite for students, and, in a world of digital books, found new income by offering trade deals.

One Yelper described the unique store, writing, “This store is not all shiny and clean, high-ceilings and shelves lined with brand new copies of the latest bestsellers. It’s more like an old library, stocked with used books (have you ever seen those at a B&N?!) and an unrivaled collection of textbooks on medicine, law, foreign languages, art, travel…almost anything you can think of.”

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The national book seller is now partnering with teachers and schools to organize educational seminars and events inside the stores. (Photo/Rolando Pujol)

Another reviewer wrote, “If you think that that sign on the door that says “Barnes & Noble” means that this is another one of those bookstores that you find in the mall in the ‘burbs, think again. This is a serious bookstore. No Starbucks, no CDs store. Yes, they do carry the usual JK Rowling, John Grisham, and Charlaine Harris.”