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Books A Million To Close Plaza America location

Reston store will close in mid April.

will close its Reston location around April 17.

The bookstore, which was formerly a Crown Books location, was an original tenant at Plaza America since the shopping center opened in 1997.

Store manager David Valdez says the Sterling and McLean locations of the chain will remain open. He said the store and the shopping center landlord could not reach a lease agreement.

Most items in the store are now 20 percent off (30 percent for Millionaire's Club members). Greeting cards are 30 percent off. There may be additional discounts taken in the next few weeks, Valdez said.

Anne Cissel March 25, 2011 at 01:08 AM
That's sad -- my coworker and I like to go over there to get away from the office. We usually bought something, but I did notice that there weren't very many people there.
Kathy March 25, 2011 at 02:19 AM
First it was my favorite children's bookstore, Aladdin's Lamp, in Arlington that closed. Borders at Tysons is going. Now this one. How very sad.
someone somewhere March 25, 2011 at 07:11 PM
As a former employee, I will say it is in a poor location, and some of us have know this was happening since November.
Justine van Engen March 25, 2011 at 07:14 PM
Someone, if you don't mind my asking, was it a poor location geographically or was the community just not supporting it? I'm just curious as to what an insider has to say about such a large retailer deciding to leave Plaza America. Thanks.
Carolyn Lawson Low March 25, 2011 at 08:03 PM
I thought it was a lease issue...
David Matthews March 28, 2011 at 02:51 PM
Those who read books frequently are now opting to shop online, or to buy electronic versions (via Kindle, Nook, iPad, etc). So it's logical that the need for physical bookstores will continue to decline.... People who shop online for the better price and selection should not feign surprise when this destroys their local retailers. For those who enjoy physical books and browsing, book stores will probably evolve into a specialty retail niche instead of a mainstream market. Its not all bad news though.... this will probably open up a resurgence and growth in used book stores. If you don't believe it, just look what has happened to the market for vinyl records in the past several years. Its actually been growing!
Leslie Perales Loges March 28, 2011 at 05:10 PM
I hope that is the case David. Perhaps it'll be good for small business owners who own book stores.
novatom March 28, 2011 at 07:38 PM
I agree with the poster who said it was in "a poor location geographically" but "the poor location" was Plaza America. I used to shop there on a semi regular basis but finally got fed up with the parking. That has to be one of the worst designed parking lots I've ever seen! Too many islands! That center is definitely not "parking friendly."
Aalliiee Marie March 30, 2011 at 10:01 PM
I'll certainly miss the store. Books A Million holds lot of great memories for me. I've been to 2 Harry Potter midnight release parties there, as well as doing more shopping there than I've done at any other bookstore. But yes, I have to agree, the parking is horrible at Plaza America. (If my parents' expressions of frustration are any indicator, anyway.)
Justine van Engen March 31, 2011 at 12:44 AM
It is certainly ironic that the developers' efforts to cram in more spaces to accommodate more shoppers is driving away people who would otherwise be patrons of the stores at Plaza America.
Justine van Engen March 31, 2011 at 12:44 AM
Aalliiee, I will miss both the store and the release of new Harry Potter books.
Kate S April 03, 2011 at 11:55 AM
What business is moving in?
Rob Norwood April 05, 2011 at 05:00 PM
Books-a-Million took a Crown store with fairly good discounts and watered down the selection while not having a strong electronic strategy in a town that demands it. It's no surprise that location went out of business. Every time I went in there I wondered how long they would last.
Susan Burwell April 05, 2011 at 05:07 PM
David - when you said..."this will probably open up a resurgence and growth in used book stores." - you must have been referring to Reston's Used Book Shop at Lake Anne - right? :)
Kia April 05, 2011 at 06:22 PM
Exactly! Used books are wonderful and there is no better place than Reston's very own Used Book Shop. Long ago, 2000 I worked for Crown in San Diego & was about to transfer to the Plaza America location when they went under. While customers used to seek out the clearance priced book stores, like Crown, they are starting to migrate towards e-books unless it's a specific new release they truly want in hard cover. Used book stores are still the best places to locate any book you really want at a better than "clearance" price.

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