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.

Dane Ferrell January 29, 2013 at 02:35 AM
I prefer to shop at a local business, at the same time I feel for the people who will be loosing their jobs, while the CEO's at Barnes and Noble will get their millions in bonuses.
Lauren Padgett (Editor) January 29, 2013 at 02:37 AM
Where are people supposed to buy books now? I guess there is Half Price Books and random cool independent bookstores, but I'm definitely going to miss the ease of getting what I need at a large bookstore. I always preferred Borders but B&N will be missed.
Brent Champaco January 29, 2013 at 03:22 AM
Good news, everyone. Turns out the company hasn't specified which stores are closing, so at least for now, Lakewood Barnes & Noble is safe. Sorry for the confusion. I've run a note at the top just to make it clear. Thanks.
sudee January 29, 2013 at 03:28 AM
I am so glad -- I take my granddaughter there and we have such a great time reading and then buying a book to take home. She is just two now but she loves books. It is a great place for kids! :)
Brent Champaco January 29, 2013 at 03:39 AM
I absolutely agree, sudee.
Judy Judy January 29, 2013 at 03:55 AM
Nooooo! I can't believe another bookstore chain is closing its stores!!! I hope I hope that B&N Lakewood stays in business. Otherwise all that's left is Half Price Books (which is a great option anyway).
Tad Saine January 29, 2013 at 05:57 AM
i am a huge B&N fan and support them whenever possible. while i also like supporting local businesses, the loss of B&N would mean the loss of nearly half our nations bookstores when you also factor in their college bookstore business. that isn't good for consumers, and that certainly isn't good for publishers. i work in Lakewood and on days i need an extra cup of coffee, i'll even go to B&N just to get coffee. i also love my nook ereader - the hipsters can have their ipads, the nook fits me just fine.
Locked n Loaded January 29, 2013 at 03:51 PM
I don't shop there. But if it closed. That would be one more business down the crapper in Lakewood. Well they could convert it into another' part of the theater. That seems to be a good business. If there wouldn't of did there upgrades there. It probably would be closed also.
Sandy Perrine January 29, 2013 at 04:30 PM
I was just saying we need a bookstore in UP.
Patty Schumacher January 29, 2013 at 05:17 PM
Instead of "The news follows a trend of bookstore closures across the nation prompted by increasingly popular online and downloadable books" the text should read "The news follows a trend of many businesses closing since the November elections".
Patty Schumacher January 29, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Maybe a little spot like that empty space next to Harbor Greens and Autozone on Bridgeport just north of 27th? Reading, book club, coffee clatch???
GlutenCaseinFree Customer January 29, 2013 at 07:14 PM
The sad issue here, like in so many other areas of retail, has been going on for years. My wife worked at University Book Store in Bellevue for years so I had a lot of exposure to the erosion of local/independent book sellers by big chains that carried the most popular books but not so much the niche and specialty books. As the small guys went away those "off the beaten path" books became harder and harder to find. It is ironic that the big chains that hammered the independents are likewise being hammered by online sellers. I feel bad for the B&N employees and a tired disgust for the executives who will, as usual, get paid big bucks for failure. On the bright side - Amazon doesn't seem to be trying to be "THE [insert product here] store". They have a lot of things they sell directly but they also have a lot of other 'stores' under their roof and beyond that they link to many other retail sites. Under that model places like University Book Store could actually find an increased outlet for sales.
GlutenCaseinFree Customer January 29, 2013 at 07:19 PM
I like the small places for atmosphere (Soul Food in Redmond is a fantastic place I just discovered recently - books, cafe, stage with weekly open mic poetry/prose night, eclectic products with a spiritual theme) and Half Price for the chance to save money but I use Amazon to find most things I want to buy online. I don't buy it from or even through Amazon half the time but they help me find the seller with the best combination of reputation, price and terms (like shipping.) B&N doesn't have to go away, they just need to adapt.
Christie Anderson January 29, 2013 at 07:27 PM
Do you think they may still have a copy of "Fahrenheit 451" in stock?
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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