“In 10 years we’ll have 450 to 500 stores,” said Barnes & Noble’s retail group chief executive Mitchelle Klipper, according to a Wall Street Journal report. This, after their announcement last year that they would close 15 stores by the fiscal year end and more bad news at the beginning of 2013 that the traditionally banner holiday season was a slow one for the 140 year old bookseller.
I continue to hold out hope Barnes and Noble can survive this protracted bloodletting.
As I wrote in “What Will the World Look Like Without Barnes and Noble?“: If the 140 year old bookseller can figure out how to bring people — readers and writers of all persuasions — together for truly meaningful exchange (not just a glimpse of a celebrity author at a shuffle-and-sign), but true engagement around the issues examined in all the books on the shelves, I think Barnes & Noble will be here for many more years to come.
Do you think Barnes and Noble will survive?