Amazon Books to open store in Bethesda causing mixed reaction in community

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Downtown Bethesda, Maryland will have a bookstore after all. But it’s not the one that’s been there for years, and not everyone is happy about it.

On Monday, ABC7 News confirmed a Bethesda Magazine report that Amazon Books will open a store in Bethesda Row at the corner of Bethesda Avenue and Arlington Road.

A furniture and interior design store called Urban Country is currently at that location. Co-owner Sascha Roth tells ABC7 News her family’s business is moving to the neighboring storefront on Arlington Road.

Many who frequent Bethesda Row have been upset over the coming departure of community favorite Barnes & Noble, which is set to leave after its lease runs out at the end of the year.

Monday’s news means downtown Bethesda will still have a bookstore.

ABC7 News talked to Barnes & Noble customers Monday. They had mixed reactions. Some are glad Amazon is coming, others say losing Barnes & Noble and getting Amazon is not a good trade.

For others, the irony was not the lost of an internet giant held responsible for driving many physical bookstores out of existence now opening a physical bookstore.

Earlier this year Amazon announced plans to put an Amazon Books in Georgetown.

Monday afternoon Amazon sent the following statement to ABC7 News:

We are excited to be bringing Amazon Books to Bethesda Row in Bethesda, Maryland and we are currently hiring store managers and associates. Stay tuned for additional details down the road.
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