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IT HAPPENED IN NEW YORK!
Barnes & Noble
Bookstore Opens in Manhattan
In 1873, Charles M. Barnes
founded a book-printing establishment in Wheaton, Illinois. In 1917,
his son, William, traveled to New York City by train and, partnering
with G. Clifford Noble, opened the first Barnes & Noble retail
store at 31 West 15th Street in Manhattan. In 1932, Barnes &
Noble opened what became the company’s flagship store at 105
Fifth Avenue, at the corner of 18th Street. In addition to general
interest books, Barnes & Noble sold textbooks and scholarly
books. In 1971, Leonard Riggio, who had worked at Barnes & Noble
while attending New York University, bought the company. He discounted
books, advertised on television, offered seating and public rest
rooms, and in 1991 pioneered the "superstore concept."
In 1997, the company launched an online bookstore. Today, Barnes
& Noble is the world’s largest bookseller, operating 839
bookstores in 50 states. A Barnes & Noble on Sixth Avenue is
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