Friday, January 20, 2023

Nike Store opening at Bethesda Row

Bethesda Row is getting a Nike Store. The upscale sporting goods concept had been heavily rumored to be the replacement for Barnes & Noble a decade ago, when speculation that the struggling bookstore chain would close its Bethesda store first began. But Barnes & Noble didn't close until 2018, and was replaced by Anthropologie & Co. Now rumor has become fact: A Nike store will open this year, in another former bookstore's space at Bethesda Row.

The Nike Store will fill the 6063 square foot corner space vacated by Amazon Books in March 2022, at 7117 Arlington Road. Coincidentally, Barnes & Noble is now pursuing a return to downtown Bethesda, and has been opening some stores in former Amazon Books spaces. But it appears they got swooshed out of the competition for the Bethesda Amazon Books space by Nike.

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