Barnes and Noble, which put themselves up for sale recently, and have been in a battle for control of the company, announced today that it will be closing its Lincoln Center location in January, and the company blamed high rent as the reason it would shutter the vast space at West 66th Street and Broadway.

Mary Ellen Keating, a company spokeswoman, said in a statement: “Barnes & Noble regrets to announce that we will be closing our Lincoln Triangle Store at 1972 Broadway at 66th Street in Manhattan at the end of January 2011. We recognize that this store has been an important part of the fabric of the Upper West Side community since we opened our doors on October 20, 1995, however, the current lease is at its end of term, and the increased rent that would be required to stay in the location makes it economically impossible for us to extend the lease. We want our loyal customers and booksellers to know that we are ever committed to continuing our search for a new location on the Upper West Side.” Too bad Raymour & Flanigan moved into the old Tower Records-turned-Circuit City space.