New bookstore promises 'wow factor'

New bookstore promises 'wow factor'

There are 51 comments on the Asheville Citizen-Times story from Mar 15, 2009, titled New bookstore promises 'wow factor'. In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

In a way, it is sort of a cruel tease. Inside waits a stunning, two-story, brand-new Barnes & Noble Booksellers, one of the largest of the chain's 799 stores nationwide.

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“Warning I misspell Get over it”

Since: Aug 07

Asheville NC

#1 Mar 15, 2009
Im sorry this article is funny .....

From the article-

"The new store at Asheville Mall almost 40,000 square feet of interior space with great views toward the eastern mountains"

Eastern yes, the view of the Mall Parking lot, China Palace, The interstate, A Movie Theater and the gutted hill from the halted Condo Project..... And then maybe the mountains. lol

The rest of the article reads as if this is Asheville first book store experience. lol

I needed a laugh.

Remember - Not poking fun at the bookstore, just the ACT presentation.
Keith former Gun-bunny

United States

#2 Mar 15, 2009
Well, at least when the weather is bad, I will have a new place to loafer and peeps watch.
Local

Hickory, NC

#3 Mar 16, 2009
mystery logger wrote:
Im sorry this article is funny .....
From the article-
"The new store at Asheville Mall almost 40,000 square feet of interior space with great views toward the eastern mountains"
Eastern yes, the view of the Mall Parking lot, China Palace, The interstate, A Movie Theater and the gutted hill from the halted Condo Project..... And then maybe the mountains. lol
The rest of the article reads as if this is Asheville first book store experience. lol
I needed a laugh.
Remember - Not poking fun at the bookstore, just the ACT presentation.
I am wondering if there are ANY local writers left at that paper.
Like It Is

Suffolk, VA

#4 Mar 16, 2009
They've sure got balls to open this kind of retail store in our present economic environment..lots of luck!
Reg

Boiling Springs, SC

#5 Mar 16, 2009
The real "tease" is that John, the writer, is already inside -- "But you can't come in just yet" -- and we, on the outside, can't go in just yet!
Jen Hooper

Eddyville, KY

#6 Mar 16, 2009
Books-A-Million is alive and well. They will continue to get my business. I don't want anything to do with the mall.
fed up

Auburn, AL

#7 Mar 16, 2009
WOW is one thing,,in this economy they better have Walmart Prices.
fed up

Auburn, AL

#8 Mar 16, 2009
Like IT IS..I talk to investors from time to time that tell me "If I only knew the economy was going to get this bad 5 or 6 years ago when I first invested in this or that project I never would have."These kind of projects just don't happen over night ..they are years in the planning.Sadly the great majority of these well planned projects that are opening or about to open will fail..
Barnes and noble lover

Elm City, NC

#9 Mar 16, 2009
Jen Hooper wrote:
Books-A-Million is alive and well. They will continue to get my business. I don't want anything to do with the mall.
Books-a-million SUCKS. Barnes and noble has more selection than BAM. everytime when I go in to a BAM, they do not have what im looking for. But when I go into a barnes-and-noble I always find what im looking for AND more.
Barnes and noble lover

Elm City, NC

#10 Mar 16, 2009
fed up wrote:
Like IT IS..I talk to investors from time to time that tell me "If I only knew the economy was going to get this bad 5 or 6 years ago when I first invested in this or that project I never would have."These kind of projects just don't happen over night ..they are years in the planning.Sadly the great majority of these well planned projects that are opening or about to open will fail..
Just to let you know, the new super walmart in asheville is about to embark on remodeling their store. Barnes and noble just needed bigger space, and the asheville mall was the ONLY place to do just that.
Wonderin

Raleigh, NC

#11 Mar 16, 2009
A mega-store will never replace the personal touch of a great independent bookseller like Accent on Books (under Stein Mart on Merrimon) or Malaprops (downtown) or even a used seller like Downtown News and Books. Flashy! Shiny! yecch- give me the place where real readers gather!
playinpossum

Spartanburg, SC

#12 Mar 16, 2009
Are there enough readers in Buncombe to support a bookstore of this size?
fed up

Auburn, AL

#13 Mar 16, 2009
Barnes and noble lover...Walmart is a solid bet in this economy,a book store,any book store,isn't. I'll bet you $1.00 that if the investors/stockholders had it to do over and knew what the economy was going to do that they would never had opened this or any new store any where.
KCA

Asheville, NC

#14 Mar 16, 2009
playinpossum wrote:
Are there enough readers in Buncombe to support a bookstore of this size?
Are you kidding? Of course there are! Among the adults if not among the kids. Our entire family is avid readers.

Barnes & Noble AND Books A Million are two of the few chain stores that support the homeschool community by supplying curriculum and discounts, not only to paid educaters but to home school teachers as well. I personally can't wait for the store in South Asheville to open. Other than Jenny's Book Exchange in Fletcher (A great used bookstore that has been around for YEARS,)we do not have any options for bookstores unless we go to town.

Kudos to Barnes & Noble!
Tender Foot

Auburn, AL

#15 Mar 16, 2009
I've got the 'wow' factor from looking at those photos. That's a big store. I know where I'll be going Wednesday.
Jackbooted Thug

Waynesville, NC

#16 Mar 16, 2009
fed up wrote:
Like IT IS..I talk to investors from time to time that tell me "If I only knew the economy was going to get this bad 5 or 6 years ago when I first invested in this or that project I never would have."These kind of projects just don't happen over night ..they are years in the planning.Sadly the great majority of these well planned projects that are opening or about to open will fail..
No, it's the smart thing to do if you have the resources. Companies that invest now will be way ahead of their competition when the economy recovers.

Since: Oct 08

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#17 Mar 16, 2009
Like It Is wrote:
They've sure got balls to open this kind of retail store in our present economic environment..lots of luck!
They are one of "very few" debt free companies in the world. They don't need any luck.
fed up

Auburn, AL

#18 Mar 16, 2009
Jackbooted Thug..Yes I would generally agree with you but this economy is "too upside".We are now seeing large retailers closing stores.I wish then well but I wouldn't bet that they will be here in 5 years.This same store closed 34 stores last year due to the economy.This store was bought and planned for years ago.

“Conservative for America”

Since: Apr 07

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#19 Mar 16, 2009
Like It Is wrote:
They've sure got balls to open this kind of retail store in our present economic environment..lots of luck!
As I keep being told, traditionally books are recession proof. Look at it this way, wose comes to worst. They burn well and put off light and significant BTUs. LOL

Since: Jul 08

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#20 Mar 16, 2009
one thing about the bookstore, you want be over run with teens.

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