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Barnes & noble plans to close 20 stores per year, since 2003, the bookstore has closed an average of 15 stores annually., chi-an chang , patch staff.

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Barnes & Noble Inc . plans to close 30 percent of its stores, or about 20 stores a year, over the next decade, a top executive with the bookstore told the Wall Street Journal.  

Mitchell Klipper, chief executive of Barnes & Noble’s retail group, did not provide a list of retail stores that would be closed so there’s no word yet on the future of the Barnes & Noble at Hawthorn Mall.

The company is by far the nation’s largest book retailer chain, since the closing of Borders in 2011, and currently has 689 retail stores and 674 college stores, Huffington Post reported. 

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The store in the shopping center was great With great seating in the cafe. The new Location misses the mark with vert ittle seating and much of what they have are Long tables It looks as if a new book store will replace Barnes and Nobel In the Hawthorn Mall while we were loyal to Barnes and Noble while at the Mall the new location is not Convenient and it is not appealing to Visit. It looks as if many customers will Choose to visit the new store inside The Mall.

The store in the shopping center was great With great seating in the cafe. The new Location misses the mark with vert ittle seating and much of what they have are Long tables While this location may do will I believe They will lose many of there loyal customers. The store lacks the warmth of the other location and of Hawthorn mall gets another Bookstore they continue to bring them In. Needless to say I'm disappointed In the new location.

This is a review of the Barnes and Noble Cafe. Ordered Black tea and when I Watched her delute the tea with 50 Percent water I asked why and her Answer was that's the way we do it. I Feel that it's a cheap way of cheating The customer.

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Sad- as a Loyal 15 + year B&N member from WA. Since B&N moved to Mellody Farms they lost the essential appeal of a bookstore. Seems like they are more interested in selling coffee and bake goods then making a comfortable space for checking out books, mags and toys. And the eating area can get messy and loud. If you have food allergies beware! Reminds me of Borders before they went belly-up! Or a DSW!!! Sterile, cold and "rock" music too loud... you can go to Books-a-Million and get a better discount. Perhaps this is where Amazon put them...a warehouse with a Starbucks. Location not convenient either. Should go back to the Mall! Missing a lot of foot traffic especially in the colder months. The kids section not appealing at all!!! Sections too generic "6 and Up" and wall stacks too high. The Oak Brook Center- Barnes and Noble gets it!!! At least the Lake Forest bookshop has charm, discounts, unique local items, authors, and a great selection with a cozy Starbucks next door with a wonderful fireplace.

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Nice place to pick up something to read. You can even grab some coffee at the Starbucks Cafe. Look for a spot and start reading ... Can be a little noisy cause of the mall.

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Always enjoy this store. The line was a tad long so we came back the next evening about 2 minutes to closing. The General man let me run in and purchase the book!! I was looking for a new book by an author and they were so helpful. Can't imagine how to make my B&N any

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My top pick for places to read books and drink coffee. this place is great and if you seat by the window its scenic as well. :)

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I Love Barns & Noble. This location in-particular is just "ok". It's in the mall (Hawthorn, Vernon Hills) which makes it handy. But it's not as nice as many of the stand-alone stores. It's a tad smaller, and laid out strange. Bonus though, it's got a Starbucks in it! Yay! The staff here has always been friendly. And the store is very clean.

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Upgraded to 4 stars due to the "pick me up" option that I used to get a gift for a special someone. I went on their website over lunch, picked out my book, filled in my information and got a text when my order was ready. I went to the store and was in and out in under 5 minutes with the book in hand. Love, love, love this option!

This location is in need of an upgrade in my honest opinion. Maybe it's because it's attached to a mall, but it's nowhere near as nice as other locations in the area (in particular the one in Lincolnshire). This location is indeed smaller and does not carry as much selection as other locations. For example, other locations have music and I don't believe this one does. Also, the cafe while nice isn't as welcoming or as inviting as the others. I don't feel like I could ever study or read there for an extensive period of time. It can get a tad bit loud with all the hustle and bustle of people taking breaks from their shopping. But, not a bad location at all and would shop there again. Also, if you're not a member, you should become one! You save 10% on books and yummy treats and drinks at the cafe.

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Books...oh my God, Books. This was a really nice location, very organized, and lot's of books, which I guess is what they're all about, so job well done.

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By far, the best bookstore with the best amenities in the Chicagoland region. I've been a regular of this place for years and I simply love the fact that it's so well laid-out, chocked full of current books (especially travel, art, photography, architecture, fiction, best-seller) and their staff are always fast and pleasant with helping their customers. I can roam around in this light-filled store for hours -- you will never be rushed to make a purchase, and you can browse the magazines at your leisure. There is a nice Starbucks on the 2nd floor where you can grab a frappucino and curl up on one of their many armchairs or grab a table to rest your feet and read your books. Their travel section needs special mention - located on the 1st floor (entrance next to Carson's Prairie Scott) - B&N stocks the most current travel guides from all the major publishers as well as the more specialized boutique / regional publishers. Thankfully, unlike the Borders or B&Ns in Chicago, there are no homeless people roaming around making bizarre comments or hogging up the chairs. No trip to the mall would be complete without a visit here - and I'd happily drive out this way on the weekends, especially, just to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and do a bit of work on my laptop. Do stop on by and you'll reconsider your requirements for a bookstore / cafe.

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I was not happy with this location. Deer Park and Lincolnshire stores are way better. The staff is weak and management team runs around like chicken with its head cut off. No major assertive manager in place to clean this store up. I can see this low volume Barnes & Noble close within the next 3 years for sure. Within 5 to 10 years book stores will all be gone look at Borders they GONE and it's all about internet sales and buying a full book on your ipad. By the way Nook is a cheap version of an ipad..

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Barnes & Noble's first concept store, originally slated to open in October in Eastchester, N.Y., opened on Tuesday morning, with the offical grand opening set for December 2.

The 22,000-square-foot store is located in Eastchester's Vernon Hills Shopping Center at a former Borders location. It is the first in a group of prototypes being tested by the company, and combines a traditional bookstore environment with a full restaurant, called the "Barnes & Noble Kitchen," as well as new customer service technology.

The 2,600-square-foot Kitchen was created in partnership with AvroKO and The Branstetter Group, and is adjacent to a 3,000-square-foot outdoor patio replete with bocce court and firepit. The Kitchen will sell wine from New York's Finger Lakes region, craft beer from New York State breweries. Its menu includes breakfast, entrée, and dessert items such as lemon-ricotta pancakes, plancha-cooked salmon, and butterscotch pot de crème.

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Events planned for the grand opening weekend feature a number of children's events, including a reading by Biscuit series author Alyssa Capucilli, and musical performances by such artists as Alexis Cole and Milton.

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