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Barnes & Noble moving ahead on 2 new locations

There are 11 comments on the Asheville Citizen-Times story from Jan 10, 2009, titled Barnes & Noble moving ahead on 2 new locations. In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

ASHEVILLE Just about every business in America is hunkered down these days, trying to ride out tough times by limiting expenditures and investments.

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Since: Sep 07

Asheville

#1 Jan 12, 2009
I like fresh new B&N stores; the bigger the better.
But...retail chain expansion & store closure decisions are corporate decisions that, to locals, can often defy logic. And as we learned from the pitiful Steve-n-Barry’s saga, many mall owners are legally ‘bribing’ retailers to come into their malls via $ million ‘build-out allowances’; decisions often not known by locals.
In today's harsh new realities, the bubble-based excesses in all markets from 1999-2007 are finally recognized as irrelevant as indicators for what will work next for retailers. Even Toyota has learned that pre-2008 sales are irrelevant to 2008, 2009 & beyond, locally & nationally. And it does not matter how much real estate bubble wealth or 401k-bubble wealth the Avl metro market demographics showed in 2007 or earlier, those bubbles have shrunk and still deflate.
B&N future will also be determined by how much debt they have, and not solely by book & cafe revenues.
This wont stop me from hanging out there, but their employees living paycheck2paycheck better be aware of this reality.
classof88

Asheville, NC

#2 Jan 12, 2009
I like B&N. It's fun to check out the new books and the normal load of weirdos and freaks that seem to live in the store.

But, then there's the financial realities customers face. I made the drive to buy a newly released best seller book on tape. BN price was 44.95 plus tax. The identical new audiobook on Ebay was 14.95 plus $3 shipping and no tax. What's customer to do?
werther

Raleigh, NC

#3 Jan 12, 2009
The Yankee CEO of B & N says Asheville is UNDERSERVED with "quality" retail stores?

WTF? Malaprops won best bookstore in the COUNTRY in 2000? But then, independently-owned Southern businesses don't count as "quality" to Yankee carpetbaggers ....
Haywood County Native

Waynesville, NC

#5 Jan 12, 2009
How about putting one at the old Wal-mart location in Haywood County? Or even better, put one in the NEW Wal-mart here!(replacing Wal-mart)

I'm all for bookstores, anywhere, any kind.

Hopefully B&N will lower their prices some to compete with Amazon and eBay... but it's still a great place to go.
Middle Ground

Kent, WA

#6 Jan 12, 2009
werther wrote:
The Yankee CEO of B & N says Asheville is UNDERSERVED with "quality" retail stores?
WTF? Malaprops won best bookstore in the COUNTRY in 2000? But then, independently-owned Southern businesses don't count as "quality" to Yankee carpetbaggers ....
Wow! Malaprops winning best bookstore in the country. Who voted for that? They are not a bad bookstore, but I never leave there blown away by the store or the staff.
Yep

Asheville, NC

#7 Jan 12, 2009
Bookstores are 'nice' if you can afford to pay their prices. I dont understand why people dont order online and save half their money?

Malaprops is boring with limited selection.
mac vs pc showdown

Indian Trail, NC

#8 Jan 12, 2009
werther wrote:
The Yankee CEO of B & N says Asheville is UNDERSERVED with "quality" retail stores?
WTF? Malaprops won best bookstore in the COUNTRY in 2000? But then, independently-owned Southern businesses don't count as "quality" to Yankee carpetbaggers ....
really? more north vs south propaganda? "yankee?" its 2009. get over the nonsense. lots and lots of stores are "yankee" owned because, guess what? thats where the majority of our population lives! compare the boswash to southern population centers (what, atlanta?)...ummm, its a no-brainer.
Mitch

Asheville, NC

#9 Jan 12, 2009
boswash??
Sage

Charlotte, NC

#10 Jan 12, 2009
Malaprops is a fantastic resource, independent, full of character, and a downtown mainstay. Let B&N keep building their soulless chain boxes in the suburbs. I will stick with the real bookstores downtown.
mac vs pc showdown

Indian Trail, NC

#11 Jan 12, 2009
Mitch wrote:
boswash??
also referred to as the northeast corridor,its the heavily populated area between washington dc and boston, home to over 55 million people.

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Since: Feb 07

Weaverville, NC

#12 Jan 13, 2009
mac vs pc showdown wrote:
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really? more north vs south propaganda? "yankee?" its 2009. get over the nonsense. lots and lots of stores are "yankee" owned because, guess what? thats where the majority of our population lives! compare the boswash to southern population centers (what, atlanta?)...ummm, its a no-brainer.
Your right.

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