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.
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.”
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.”