Cobble Hill

Barnes & Noble moves from Court Street to Atlantic Avenue

Award-winning writer Hernan Diaz will cut the ribbon and sign books

January 12, 2023 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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COBBLE HILL — Barnes & Noble, long a staple of Court Street in Brooklyn Heights, is moving next week to 194 Atlantic Ave. adjacent to Trader Joe’s.

The famous bookstore will close its Court Street location after two decades as an anchor tenant on the ground floor next to the Regal Theater, which was a COVID victim.

The Atlantic Avenue location around the corner from the Court Street site will showcase the new bookstore design that has been rolled out with such success in the most recent Barnes & Noble store openings. It will officially open to the public at 9:00 a.m. on Jan. 18, with author Hernan Diaz cutting the ribbon and signing copies of his 2022 prize-winning novel “Trust.”

Novelist Hernan Diaz photographed in Brooklyn. Photo courtesy of Hernan Diaz,

“We have had a very happy 20 years at Court Street and are pleased to be able to continue our bookselling traditions in the Cobble Hill community,” said James Daunt, CEO, Barnes & Noble. “It is an exceptionally happy turn of events that we are inheriting the beautiful space that Barneys created and we are excited to show residents our brand-new bookstore. Store Manager Yinam Chung and his experienced team of booksellers have been hard at work getting their new store ready and are very much looking forward to welcoming the community.”

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The Barnes & Noble company reports a period of tremendous growth, which they say is buoyed across the country by a reading renaissance and enthusiasm for physical bookstores. In 2022, Barnes & Noble opened more new bookstores than it had in the decade since 2009. The bookseller expects to open over 30 new bookstores in 2023, with the new Atlantic Avenue location being the first of the year.

“We are so glad to be moving a short distance and to such a beautiful new store,” said Store Manager Yinam Chung, a Barnes & Noble Bookseller of 12 years. “We have had many years of fond memories in Court Street, with author events, book signings and, of course, storytimes, and are looking forward to bringing that same energy and event line up to Atlantic Avenue. We cannot wait to build new memories with this wonderful community.”

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