As most area book lovers know, Ashburn is getting a new Barnes & Noble Bookstore at One Loudoun. But this isn’t just any old Barnes & Noble — it’s one of four prototype stores the company is opening around the country, trying to reimagine and reinvigorate the bookstore experience in this digital day and age.
Picture a full-fledged restaurant and bar serving wines and local beers called the Barnes & Noble Kitchen. Imagine employees who answer in-store questions instantly via text, and kiosks where you can order books and merchandise sent directly to your home. They’re hoping it’s the bookstore of the future. That being said, Barnes & Noble will also have plenty of book aisles to browse and chairs to curl up in as you page through your literary finds.
While Ashburn’s Barnes & Noble is still under construction, we wanted to give you an idea of what we can expect. So The Burn gathered images from one of the other prototype stores — specifically Eastchester, New York, which opened in November. While the B&N at One Loudoun might not be identical when the doors open in Spring 2017, you can bet it will be pretty close.
Below are photos from the new concept Barnes & Noble, as well as the menu from the Barnes & Noble Kitchen.