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Perhaps selling books isn't the best business to be in these days. Independent bookstores continue to shutter, and even the big boys like Barnes & Noble are feeling the pinch of declining reading rates. We now know that the chain store's space on Astor Place will reopen as a David Barton Gym; today the Post's Steve Cuozzo reports that the Barnes & Noble at 675 Sixth Avenue between 20th and 21st Streets will be closing as well. Though a spokesman for the company said they haven't decided whether or not to renew their lease at 675 Sixth, retail real estate brokers are already advertising the 41,700-square-foot space as available for rent. Though a chain, the bookstore, which has been at that location for 15 years, has really become a cherished part of the community. In addition to serving locals who browse the shelves when they're bored and passersby who duck in to use the facilities, the store hosts a wealth of readings. The retailer must not be doing too poorly, however—Cuozzo also has the news that Barnes & Noble plans on opening an outpost at 270 Greenwich Street in FiDi and another on Lexington Avenue and 86th Street.
· Making Book On Move [NY Post]
· Confirmed: Barnes & Noble Astor Place to Become David Barton Gym [Racked]