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Plainfield Barnes & Noble Store to Close

Bookstore will close by end of year, company says; the Plainfield Staples store has also called it quits.

A dispute over the cost of rent is the apparent cause of the demise of Plainfield’s Barnes & Noble store.

A rep for the company this week confirmed that the store will close by the end of the year after the bookseller was unable to work out a new lease agreement with its landlord.

Shoppers at the location, open for more than a decade, were greeted this week by large signs advertising a storewide clearance sale.

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Without elaborating, Barnes & Noble Vice President of Development David Deason issued a statement on the store closing.

“We worked diligently with the property owner to work out an agreement that would allow us to keep the store open; unfortunately we were unable to reach an economic agreement,” Deason said.

The store is located in the Kensington Center development, which is anchored by a Target store and home to retailers including Maurice’s, Dress Barn and GameStop.

Edwards Realty Company, which manages the property, did not respond to Patch’s request for comment.

Village Planner Michael Garrigan said the village worked to help the two parties come to an agreement.

“The village attempted to be very, very aggressive as it relates to making sure they did not vacate or leave that store,” Garrigan said. “Obviously, there’s no other way to say it — it’s a setback. Barnes & Noble is an important tenant.”

Garrigan said the village was willing to offer a “substantial” sales tax rebate to help keep the store open.

However, Garrigan said neither side seemed all that invested in reaching an agreement.

“Unfortunately, [Barnes & Noble] didn’t perceive the numbers came out in their favor,” he said. “It’s my understanding that they were an underperforming store.”

Meanwhile, the landlord may have some other prospects for renting the space, Garrigan said.

“It was a business decision,” he said. “The landlord was willing to do everything possible … They couldn’t give the space away.”

While Garrigan said he would like to see another bookstore set up shop in the location, he acknowledged that brick and mortar booksellers are struggling, especially as readers embrace downloadable e-books.

“Unfortunately, it’s a national trend,” he said.

The closing isn’t the only recent retail casualty in Plainfield; the Staples store, 13305 S. Route 59, has closed, Garrigan said.

Staples did not respond to messages from Patch.

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Tiffany S. January 05, 2013 at 06:37 PM
Hey! I personally like Walmart! Anywho, I was presented with a Kindle Fire and an iPad for Christmas, but none of it compares to a cuddling up with a good tangible book! It's unfortunate that we have to lose another great store.
Disgusted reader January 05, 2013 at 07:57 PM
I am very sorry to see the Barnes and Noble close. I have a Nook but still love to go to the book store and browse through books especially within 5 minutes of my house. Also bummed that we lost both Office Max and Staples. I do wonder how long that former Barnes and Noble location will stay empty. Too bad the landlord was unwilling to give a shorter lease than 10 years to Barnes and Noble.
Disgusted reader January 05, 2013 at 08:01 PM
I agree. I love my e-reader but still love a good physical book. Lucky you getting a Kindle Fire and an Ipad both for Christmas. Sure beats the kitchen strainer I got, LOL!
reptar john January 12, 2013 at 06:12 AM
Bolshy yarbles for all
Cj February 11, 2013 at 01:23 AM
I'm so sad this placed closed down. It was one of the places were I can get some studying. Actually, why not open a used bookstore? Like a Frugal Muse in Darien, but with a little cafe.

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