In the past few years we’ve seen the closure of several independent bookstores in the area, including Ram’s Head and Printer’s Ink Bookstore.
Then last year Books-A-Million closed its store at Blacksburg’s First & Main shopping center.
While no announcement has been made regarding the fate of the Barnes & Noble stores in Roanoke, Roanoke County and Christiansburg, the store’s futures are definitely in question.
A Barnes & Noble executive told the Wall Street Journal that it will shutter a third of its stores over the next decade.
The company operated 689 stores as of last month. Mitchell Klipper, chief executive, told the WSJ that in 10 years they will have 450 to 500 stores.
The story reported that Barnes & Noble hasn’t opened many new stores in recent years because consumers are using digital books more and more, and because of the lack of new shopping centers.
Barnes & Noble stores are still profitable, and Klipper estimated that less than 20 stores are losing money, according to the story.
What do you think is in store for the future of our Barnes & Noble book stores? Do you still shop at book stores, or do you shop online? Have you made the shift to digital books?