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


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

Back to Bethesda Beat

Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »Related Articles

Update: MCPS Closing on Wednesday, Instead of Delay

Out of concern for road conditions

Superintendent: MCPS Must Live ‘Closer to the Margins’ To Meet Leggett’s Savings Target

Council members set to discuss plan to reduce school system spending by $25 million

School Board Comes Out in Opposition to Bus Inspection Bill

MCPS staff says the measure could force buses to pull over at weigh stations, stop for roadside checks

Police Blotter: Three Vehicles Stolen; House Burglaries in Potomac and Silver Spring

Crimes reported to Montgomery County and Rockville police Dec. 13-19
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »

Beautiful Georgian Colonial

Potomac, $1,748,800

California Contemporary

Bethesda, $1,150,000

New Construction

Bethesda, $1,299,999

Brand New + Great Location

Bethesda, $1,369,000

2 Private Acres

Potomac, $1,795,000
Edit Module


Your Guides to Leading
Local Professionals

Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module

Edit Module