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Barnes & Noble to Close 100s of Stores: Would You Miss Shelby Township's Store?

Barnes & Noble has announced it will continue downsizing its brick and mortar operations, closing around 20 stores a year for the next decade.

Less than two years after losing Borders, local bookworms could be forced to bid farewell to another Hall Road giant with the possible closure of Barnes & Noble.

Facing tough online competition, Mitchell Klipper, CEO of Barnes & Noble’s retail group, told the Wall Street Journal Monday that the company plans to close at least 20 stores a year over the next 10 years.

The fate of the Shelby Township store remains unknown as the company has not released a list of stores slated to close.

In the past decade, the company has closed around 15 stores annually. But up until 2012, Barnes & Noble also opened more than 30 stores a year, according to The Huffington Post.

Last year, the bookseller closed 14 stores without opening any new locations.

One reason is thought to be a steady decline in book sales. Print book sales have decreased 22 percent over the past five years, according to Nielsen BookScan.

Where do you buy most of your reading material these days?

Jenny Whalen January 30, 2013 at 03:10 PM
I would be terrifically sad to see B&N go. I love the atmosphere of this place.
jholeton jr January 30, 2013 at 05:57 PM
It is paramount that all bookstores & libraries stay in business & are not shut down. For too long, our youth have been deprived of a classical education. Without these outlets they will be forced to gaze at electronic devices, absorbing radiation, in order to gain the knowledge that they should have received in middle & high school.
VJ January 30, 2013 at 10:01 PM
Just to clarify: the Shelby Twp. Barnes & Noble on Hall Rd. is NOT scheduled to close! No local stores are slated for closure, at least not in the foreseeable future. If you want to ensure the the long-term success of the Shelby Twp. Barnes & Noble, and keep a bookstore in our neighborhood, then continue to shop there.
Karen January 31, 2013 at 12:15 AM
I need it...Please dont!

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