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Barnes & Noble To Close More Stores: Would You Miss North Haven's B&N?

The company has announced that it will shut down 20 stores a year over the next decade. Would you miss shopping at the Universal Drive shop in North Haven?

Do you still shop at the Barnes & Noble bookstore in North Haven?

Apparently not enough people go to B&N stores nationwide.

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.

If no new stores were opened, that would reduce the number of Barnes & Noble stores nationwide 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, the Huffington Post reported.

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.

If the North Haven Barnes & Noble closed, would you miss it? How can bookstores compete more effectively in this electronic age? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

thomas February 05, 2013 at 02:44 PM
not really, they should charge a buck or two on a door fee for the hanger ons in this sub library
marne Usher February 05, 2013 at 02:50 PM
Browsing the Internet just isn't the same as browsing the shelves. I own a nook and I buy books online but I still want to shop the store and buy physical books as well, especially for gifts.
Linda Zonana January 10, 2014 at 10:28 AM
I would be very sorry to see the store close. It's a pleasure to go in and browse through the books. It's a joy that's not available on the internet. Even if sales of print books have gone down, that doesn't mean there is no interest. There are millions of people out there who want them.

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