Roanoke’s Book-A-Million store will close April 13, one of the store managers said.
The closure of the store at Crossroads Mall leaves the area with just one big-box book seller, Barnes and Noble, although several small, locally owned bookstores are still in business.
One of the store’s managers, Donny Horn, said he didn’t know why the company decided to close the Roanoke store. A Books-A-Million spokesperson could not be reached over the weekend.
A look at the company’s financials show that Books-A-Million reported a net loss of $2.8 million in the third quarter that ended on Oct. 27. The net loss was down from about $4 million the same time period a year earlier. More current financials are not available.
Merchandise at the Roanoke store is already marked down. Books and magazines are 20 percent off, general merchandise is 30 percent off, and stationary and greeting cards are 50 percent off. The discounts will get deeper as the closing date nears.
The Roanoke store employs about 20 people, Horn said.
The store’s closure comes about a year and a half after the Blacksburg Books-A-Million closed at First & Main shopping center.