Bozzuto Confirms: Barnes & Noble / Starbucks Coming To Monroe Street Market

Rendering Courtesy of The Buzzuto Group/Abdo Development
Rendering Courtesy of The Buzzuto Group/Abdo Development

Just a little bit over a year ago we broke the story here about the possibility of Barnes & Noble with a Starbucks Cafe being one anchor retailer in the Monroe Street Market (Catholic U) development. Well today the developers of Monroe Street Market, Bozzuto Group, confirmed that the contract has been signed and that the store is expected to open in the spring of 2014. You can read the official press release here. According to this story in the Washington Business Journal “The store will be a full-scale Barnes & Noble with a separate section for Catholic University students’ textbooks and branded gear. There will also be a 44-seat Starbucks Cafe within the bookstore.” The Barnes and Noble will be located in the Cornerstone building, depicted on the right.

Let’s hope that this announcement will encourage more retail information to be confirmed and shared with the community. It is surprising that at this advanced stage in the construction of the Monroe Street Market project, more retailers have not been announced. One would think that a great selection of stores and services is important and helpful to attract tenants for the hundreds of apartments that Bozzuto is planning to fill. Many readers ask us about updates regarding possible retailers or restaurants for this development, so we are glad that finally one main anchor has been confirmed. Stay tuned for more updates. We will share any new information about the Monroe Street Market as soon as they are available.

7 thoughts on “Bozzuto Confirms: Barnes & Noble / Starbucks Coming To Monroe Street Market”

  1. Interesting, I wonder if it’s a Barnes and Noble Cafe serving Starbucks or a Starbucks in the Barnes and Noble. Well regardless I love a bookstore.

    1. Hi Tony,
      The last time I walked around the area that will be the clocktower plaza, I thought the same thing. But, there is still a bit of roadwork to be done. If you take a look at the rendering above, there is a right hand turn onto Monroe from Michigan, whereas now there if more of a fork. So, I think once that is completed, it may look more like the rendering. At a minimum, at least it will improve the pedestrian crossing there.
      Best,
      Shani

    1. Hi Josh

      While I am no expert on the state of Barnes and Noble, I think this kind of “campus bookstore model” is different that a stand alone instance. If you are interested, here is an article about how Buzzuto has been successful using B&N as an anchor in Baltimore. http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/blog/top-shelf/2013/09/developer-hopes-brookland-barnes.html

      Like I said though, I am no expert on the market or anything, just passing along news!
      Thanks for reading and commenting,
      Shani

  2. Is there any hope left that a grocery could come to Monroe Street Market? There seems to be a large retail space in the Cornerstone building at corner of Monroe and 7th although maybe that’s where the Barnes and Noble will be.

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