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Barnes & Noble To Close Stores: Would You Miss The Broomall One?

The company announces it'll shut down 20 stores a year over the next decade; no specific stores are targeted yet.

Do you still go to the Barnes & Noble bookstore?

Apparently not enough people do nationally.

Company executives told the Wall Street Journal they plan to close 20 stores a year over the next decade.

No specific stores have been targeted yet for closure.

In the Marple Newtown area, there is one Barnes & Noble store located in the Lawrence Park Shopping Center in Broomall.

If no new stores were opened, the 20-a-year pace over a decade would reduce the number of Barnes & Noble stores nationally by a third, the Huffington Post reported.

Since 2003, the company has been closing 15 stores a year, but they've also been opening more than 30 a year. Last year, however, Barnes & Noble closed 14 stores and didn't open any, according to the Huffington Post.

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

Heidi Dati February 11, 2013 at 05:06 PM
Many people still go to bookstores to buy hardcopies. They have to leave some bookstores open to shop in! Not everybody uses their electronic devices to completely replace thumbing through a book and looking at pictures. People with electronic devices still buy some books. KEEP THE LAWRENCE PARK STORE OPEN! Heidi of Broomall
L. Ferguson February 11, 2013 at 06:04 PM
I ENJOY BROWSING THROUGH THIS BOOK STORE (OR ANY BOOK STORE) AND FREQUENTLY MAKE AT LEAST ONE PURCHASE. I WOULD MISS BROWSING THROUGH B & N. I DO HOPE IT WON'T CLOSE.
Mike Poteet February 23, 2013 at 09:17 PM
I would certainly miss the Lawrence Park location. The staff is consistently friendly and helpful (especially when it comes to kids' books - Miss Jackie and Miss Renda are both fantastic). I have many fond memories of taking my son to Wednesday and Saturday morning story times. Browsing its shelves and, yes, buying its books is one of my favorite activities. If anybody from B&N corporate is reading this, please let the Broomall B&N stay around!

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