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Logo in the book Primary Education, 1916
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As of the 1970s, there were three Brentano's in NY, the Fifth Avenue flagship store in Rockefeller Center, one in Greenwich Village, and one in White Plains. There was a store in the Bergen, NJ mall which closed as the Short Hills, NJ store was being built. There was a store in the Chestnut Hill area of Boston, another in Austin, Texas. There were also two stores in the Los Angeles, CA area; in Westwood Village and Beverly Hills. There was a store in the Seven Corners shopping center in Falls Church, Virginia, outside of Washington, DC.
Brentano's was owned by MacMillan in the 1970s and early 1980s, before being purchased by three of Brentano's higher ranking employees. Soon after, Brentano's became a part of the Waldenbooks subsidiary of Borders Group, Inc., an Ann Arbor, Michigan–based book and music retailer.
Brentano's was founded as an independent bookstore in New York City in 1853 by August Brentano, who established a newsstand in front of the New York Hotel. From its headquarters at 586 Fifth Avenue, Brentano's became a publisher, with a specialization in French literature that led it to publish under the imprint "Éditions Brentano's" many titles by French writers in exile during the Vichy France period.
In 1985, Kmart's Waldenbooks subsidiary acquired Brentano's and nine years later, in 1994, Brentano's and its parent company Waldenbooks were merged into Kmart's other book subsidiary, Borders. Borders re-gained independence through a stock buyback in the mid-1990s to once again become an independent company known as Borders Group, Inc.; in 2011, Borders Group filed for bankruptcy and wound down operations, closing all remaining locations.
In popular culture
Brentano's also appeared in the film Norman... Is That You?
Brentano's was mentioned in William Dean Howells' A Hazard of New Fortunes (chapter 10) and F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Babylon Revisited", Tender Is the Night (chapter XX), and This Side of Paradise (chapter 2).
- Brentano's Paris official site
- History of Brentano's from Brentano's: the American Bookstore in Paris, archived January 26, 2009, at the Internet Archive