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Barnes & Noble NOT Closing In Lakewood. Locations Haven't Been Specified (CORRECTION)

The Huffington Post is reporting the bookstore chain plans to close 20 stores a year and about 200 stores overall.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly specified the Lakewood Barnes & Noble store as one of the stores that would be closing. The company hasn't specified with stores will close.

Do you still go to the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Lakewood?

Apparently not enough people go to B&Ns nationwide.

Barnes & Noble Booksellers could be one of hundreds of stores across the country that will be shuttering its doors, part of the bookstore giant's plan to close hundreds of stores over the next decade.

The Huffington Post is reporting that a top store executive told the Wall Street Journal that it would be closing 20 stores a year over the next decade.

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The news follows a trend of bookstore closures across the nation prompted by increasingly popular online and downloadable books. It was a trend that, at least for awhile, Barnes & Noble was trying to buck:

Without any new openings, that rate of closure would reduce the total number of Barnes & Noble's stores by a third - it currently has 689 retail stores, and 674 college stores. Their first store opened in New York City in 1917, and since the closing of Borders in 2011, it is by far the nation's largest book retailer chain.

Store revenue over the recent holiday period was down 11% on the previous year, however the company still made $317 million in earnings last year, more than enough, according to Klipper, to offset losses from the Nook ereader section of the company, which spends heavily on advertising and new technology.

So we ask you, Patch users, what do you think? Would you care if Barnes & Noble in Lakewood closed? Have you shopped there in the last year? Tell us in the comments and check out our Facbeook page for even more discussion.

GlutenCaseinFree Customer January 29, 2013 at 07:30 PM
You mean since Bush hammered the economy by wasting countless money, not even mentioning lives, in an Iraq war justified only by deception (don't tell me nobody knew there were no WMD, I knew there were no WMD and that we'd be going to war in Iraq before the war happened) and through huge economic losses caused by corporate greed and lies that were enabled by the 1%-friendly deregulation wave in DC? It's getting better and if Congress can attain a minimal amount of sanity (playing chicken with our economy is amazingly stupid, so much so I have wondered if it is not actually a treasonous desire to destroy America) then it can keep getting better faster.
Nancy Lougheed January 29, 2013 at 07:36 PM
It is great to have actual Book Stores. I would really miss it and the Lakewood B & N always seems busy. I just bought books there for our great-grandson for Christmas. I feel it would be hugely missed.
Thomas I. Bailey January 29, 2013 at 10:50 PM
I shop there all the time. It would be a tragic loss to those of us who love to browse and buy books and hold them in our hands. It's a great place to study, meet family and friends and have a cup of coffee.
LRC January 30, 2013 at 11:41 PM
I support Barnes and Noble in Towne Center! The staff is knowledgeable and helpful. The selection in store and through personal orders is very good. The B and N Book Fair opportunity has been an asset to our school in UP as well as others in the Lakewood area. I'm pleased to hear that our B and N is not on the 'chopping block', and I will do whatever I can to support its staying.
Patty Schumacher February 01, 2013 at 08:55 PM
To About NoGlutenNoCasein - you really have to get yourself a new mantra. GWB had a bad economy only the last 6 months of an eight year term. The current economy is a result of the policies of the last four years. With all your knowledge of geo-politics and espionage, I am dissapointed you did not relay the truth to British intelligence and Colin Powell et al.

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