Business Notes: Amazon’s Entrance into Bethesda Could Be More Bad News for Barnes & Noble

Plus: Clarksburg Premium Outlets plans extended hours for Thanksgiving weekend; Montgomery County chamber presents business awards


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The Barnes & Noble store in Bethesda

Sarah Hogue

Magazine says Amazon’s plan for Bethesda bookstore is more bad news for Barnes & Noble

The growth of Amazon’s online book retail business has been one of the main factors in Barnes & Noble’s ongoing business struggles. And now Amazon, by moving into the brick-and-mortar business, seems to be thumbing its nose at Barnes & Noble, according to the business magazine Fast Company.

Amazon’s plan to open a 6,000-square-foot book store just down the street from where Barnes & Noble is closing its store at Bethesda Row “seems to be kicking the company when it is down,” the magazine reported.

However, Barnes & Noble has a plan, the report notes. The bookstore company is rolling out a new business model that includes full-service restaurants with one in its new Plano, Texas, store. On the menu will be items such as hummus, tomato soup, salmon, and beer and wine.

Barnes & Noble has remaining locations in the county at Montrose Crossing on Rockville Pike and at Rio Washingtonian Center in Gaithersburg.

Clarksburg Premium Outlets schedules extended hours over Thanksgiving weekend

Who needs Black Friday deals when you can waddle out of your home stuffed with turkey and fixings on Thanksgiving evening to get your holiday shopping done.

That’s an option at Clarksburg Premium Outlets, which released its Thanksgiving holiday schedule this week. The shopping center will open on Thanksgiving night from 6 p.m. to midnight, then stay open overnight until 10 p.m. on Black Friday.

The outlets also will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Nov. 25 and from 8 a.m. to 8 pm. on Nov. 26.

On Saturday and Sunday during the holiday weekend, the shopping center will also have stilt walkers, carolers and other entertainment.

Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce presents business awards

The business group handed out several awards for achievements in business at its annual awards dinner last week. Robert Henley, the CEO of Henley Construction Company, received the emeritus business leader of the year award. Kaiser Permanent received the award for corporate social responsibility. Others receiving awards included:

  • Bloomberg Government – business partner of the year
  • Emily Webster Murphy, Administrator of the federal General Services Administration – government partner of the year
  • Sophia Parker, CEO of DSFederal, Inc. – small business leader of the year
  • Jay Sunny Bajaj, CEO of Digitial Management LLC – spirit of free enterprise award
  • Fitzgerald Auto Dealerships – green business innovator of the year

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