The big, bad Barnes & Noble is finally here
The times, they are a-changin'. Today marks the opening of the new Barnes & Noble in the River Oaks Shopping Center, the 32,000-square foot anchor of the new building by Weingarten Realty that replaces the lamented 1937 Art Deco structure razed for the project.
Pouring salt in the wounds on the preservation-minded, the opening of the new store also means the end of Bookstop, which closed it's doors for good on Tuesday. Housed in the Alabama Theatre, another 1930s Deco gem, some worry the closing leaves this historic building at risk for demolition as well, though Wiengarten spokesman Gerald Crump says they have no such plans.
Another sign of the times? The Barnes & Noble café means that there will now be three, yes, three independent Starbucks locations at the intersection of W. Gray and Shepherd Dr.