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Old 03-30-2018, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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Sears and JC Penney will be gone soon. They are hanging by a thread now.
Fairly cheap, out of style threads at that.
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Old 03-30-2018, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Oregon, formerly Texas
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I'm amazed that Barnes & Noble has survived this long when Amazon is its direct competition. I remember after Borders closed down, everyone said it was just a matter of time. Somehow they're still standing.
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Old 03-30-2018, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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I'm amazed that Barnes & Noble has survived this long when Amazon is its direct competition. I remember after Borders closed down, everyone said it was just a matter of time. Somehow they're still standing.
Zero B&M competition, instead of having a competitor right across the street or mall, is probably the final thread holding them in place. For all of Amazon's advantages, sometimes you can't replace browsing bookshelves.
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Old 03-30-2018, 11:13 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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Toys R Us & Claire's are closing because they can't repay the debt they acquired in leveraged buyouts.
Claire's business model-cheap and fun impulse purchases that typically run $10 or less, I think, actually still makes sense as bricks & mortar. So you need a pair of earrings to go with a certain piece of clothing, and don't want to spend more on shipping than the earrings cost? Go there for more variety and less fighting your way through the store compared to buying similar earrings from Walmart or Target.

Not surprised to hear it was the additional debt that got them.
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Old 03-31-2018, 08:32 AM
 
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I'm amazed that Barnes & Noble has survived this long when Amazon is its direct competition. I remember after Borders closed down, everyone said it was just a matter of time. Somehow they're still standing.
I never order books from amazon but get all of our books from B&N. We bring our daughter and browse the kids section and pick our options for each of us. We’re not huge readers by any means but it is a somewhat fun family activity.
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Old 03-31-2018, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Oregon, formerly Texas
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I never order books from amazon but get all of our books from B&N. We bring our daughter and browse the kids section and pick our options for each of us. We’re not huge readers by any means but it is a somewhat fun family activity.
Yes, and apparently they are working on developing the "community social space" and cafe aspect of their business more, and will start to make the books revolve around that.

I think if they add avocado toast to the menu, they'll be golden

Some of it is culture too. What powered the big-box bookstores back in the 90s & early 2000s were Harry Potter, Twilight, etc... There haven't been major teen blockbuster books like that lately.

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