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Barnes & Noble closes Tigard store, opens one at Bridgeport

Retail book giant Barnes & Noble is planning big changes for the west side, closing one longtime store in Tigard and opening its newest location in Bridgeport Village.

Barnes & Noble announced this week that it would be taking over the home of its former rival Borders Books & Music, filling the space at 7227 S.W. Bridgeport Road, in Tualatin. 

Crews have been hard at work for weeks prepping the former Borders bookstore at Bridgeport Village, converting the two-story retail space for its Nov. 14 opening.

Books are on the shelves, and the the store’s community relations manager Page Jordan said employees can’t wait to get started.

“It’s a fabulous community over here,” said Jordan, a former Tigard resident. “The community has been telling us that they miss having a bookstore here, and everyone was just thrilled to death.”

Jordan, who now lives in Portland, said the area has been without a large-scale bookseller since Borders closed its doors last year.

The new store will offer more than 60,000 books, magazines, gifts and DVDs as well as a Starburcks coffee shop and an educational toys and games department. 

The store is expected to employ about 100 people.

The location was a winner for Borders, back in its heyday. The site was the company’s second largest store by volume before the company filed for bankruptcy.

But while Barnes & Noble officials are celebrating the new location in Tualatin, a few miles up the road, employees are preparing for their last day at work, when the company’s store at Washington Square closes its doors Nov. 13.

Barnes & Noble spokesmen did not return repeated calls for comment as to why the Washington Square location was closing.

One thing that is certain is that the departure of Barnes & Noble from Washington Square leaves the new Bridgeport location as one of the only bookstores in the area, along with the Dollar Book Fair used bookstore on Pacific Highway in Tigard.

Jordan said having a bookstore in town was important, especially for young readers.

“I think (bookstores are) extremely important in terms of helping literacy and having a community center for people to go to,” she said. “Barnes & Noble does a lot of work with schools, and there are a lot of school districts and private schools in the area. We can help them get the books they need at discounted prices whenever possible and host book fairs to help them raise funds for whatever they may need.”

The Bridgeport store is planning one such book fair Nov. 16, 17 and 18 to benefit the Tualatin Library Foundation, Jordan said. It is holding a special “friends and family” preview night on Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 6 to 9 p.m., and 10 percent of the proceeds will go to the Foundation for Tigard-Tualatin Schools.

If that isn’t enough, Jordan said, the Tualatin store will offer it’s Nook e-reader at a discount until Nov. 23. The electronic book reader is available for $59.



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