Barnes & Noble to Open Full-Sized Bookstore in Rockville, Maryland

Given that B&N has opened a smaller format store in Fredericksburg, a restaurant bookstore in Asuburn, and a small-footprint store in Fairfax, as well as many other small bookstores across the country, one might conclude that Barnes & Noble had given up on the mega-bookstores of the past.

And you would be mistaken. I was just reading on the Rockville Nights blog that B&N is opening a bookstore in Rockville, MD. It’s located in the Congressional Plaza shopping center, across the street from the Hilton where the Capclave SF con is held most years.

Edit: According to local stories from  2019, B&N is actually moving its Rockville store to a new location in the Congressional Plaza shopping center. (Everything in the bookstore is brand new, though.)

I briefly stopped by today to check out the store, and I can report that this is a full-sized bookstore comparable to the several older B&N stores I am familiar with (you can’t really tell this until you approach the storefront).

Right now the staff is stocking the shelves, and setting up the cafe. I happened to arrive at just the right time for the afternoon sun to shine in the windows and ruin my photographs, but Robert Dyer was more fortunate.

He got several good shots of the cafe in the store, and posted them on his Rockville Nights blog:

He also got a shot of the interior that showed the store is decorated in a style I have not seen before.

According to the banners in the windows, the store will open on 5 August.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Paul Guinnessy19 July, 2020

    I thought they already had a store in Rockville? Near the Pike and Randolph Rd or did they close it?

    1. Nate Hoffelder19 July, 2020

      Local news says they are moving the Rockville store to the new location.

  2. DaveMich20 July, 2020

    Based on the pictures it looks like Daunt went shopping at Ikea.

  3. john21 July, 2020

    No new layout/ design for covid spacing?

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