Barnes & Noble To Close More Stores: Would You Miss The One in Woodinville?

Company announces it'll shut down 20 stores a year over the next decade.

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

Apparently not enough people go to B&Ns 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.

In the Seattle area, there are about a dozen Barnes & Noble stores, including two in Bellevue – one downtown and one at Crossroads Bellevue shopping center, and in Woodinville, Issaquah and Lakewood.

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 Woodinville 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.

Bruce Sellers 206-919-9094 January 30, 2013 at 05:48 PM
I bring my grandsons there all the time. They love to browse, sit down and read for a while and check out the games. It's very kid friendly. I like the magazine selection and the lattes of course. Very knowledgeable staff at info desk. The kids and I would miss it big time. I'm sad thinking about it.
bearfctry January 30, 2013 at 06:00 PM
I would definitely miss that store. The problem I see is that the online price is cheaper. I understand the reason is because there is retail space that must be paid for. But if they want to keep their customers, they should honor the online price in the stores.
Susan Milke January 30, 2013 at 06:51 PM
Yes I would miss it. Did some Christmas shopping there this past year. Nice to have a bookstore close. There really isn't another one in the area.
Sharon Peterson January 30, 2013 at 11:37 PM
YES!! We need upscale stores like B&N. I've had meetings in their coffee shop and always check there first if I need a book at full price. I love this store and the location!
Peter Tountas January 31, 2013 at 12:53 AM
If we lost Barnes and Noble it would be more than losing a great book store. It is a great place to have coffee, buy a great book, and enjoy the quiet surroundings. I have an iPad 2, and of course books can be downloaded, but it will never, never take the place of Barnes and Noble. There is something about having a book in your hand that you can never have from a Retina display.


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