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Plainfield Barnes & Noble Store to Close

Bookstore will close by end of year, company says; the Plainfield Staples store has also called it quits.

A dispute over the cost of rent is the apparent cause of the demise of Plainfield’s Barnes & Noble store.

A rep for the company this week confirmed that the store will close by the end of the year after the bookseller was unable to work out a new lease agreement with its landlord.

Shoppers at the location, open for more than a decade, were greeted this week by large signs advertising a storewide clearance sale.

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Without elaborating, Barnes & Noble Vice President of Development David Deason issued a statement on the store closing.

“We worked diligently with the property owner to work out an agreement that would allow us to keep the store open; unfortunately we were unable to reach an economic agreement,” Deason said.

The store is located in the Kensington Center development, which is anchored by a Target store and home to retailers including Maurice’s, Dress Barn and GameStop.

Edwards Realty Company, which manages the property, did not respond to Patch’s request for comment.

Village Planner Michael Garrigan said the village worked to help the two parties come to an agreement.

“The village attempted to be very, very aggressive as it relates to making sure they did not vacate or leave that store,” Garrigan said. “Obviously, there’s no other way to say it — it’s a setback. Barnes & Noble is an important tenant.”

Garrigan said the village was willing to offer a “substantial” sales tax rebate to help keep the store open.

However, Garrigan said neither side seemed all that invested in reaching an agreement.

“Unfortunately, [Barnes & Noble] didn’t perceive the numbers came out in their favor,” he said. “It’s my understanding that they were an underperforming store.”

Meanwhile, the landlord may have some other prospects for renting the space, Garrigan said.

“It was a business decision,” he said. “The landlord was willing to do everything possible … They couldn’t give the space away.”

While Garrigan said he would like to see another bookstore set up shop in the location, he acknowledged that brick and mortar booksellers are struggling, especially as readers embrace downloadable e-books.

“Unfortunately, it’s a national trend,” he said.

The closing isn’t the only recent retail casualty in Plainfield; the Staples store, 13305 S. Route 59, has closed, Garrigan said.

Staples did not respond to messages from Patch.

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Sheila Raddatz November 29, 2012 at 08:22 PM
My wishlist: BestBuy, JCPenny, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Michaels, Trader Joes, or a movie theater.
Linda November 29, 2012 at 08:35 PM
A Home Goods or Trader joes would be awesome. We don't need another yogurt place or tire & lube place. And please don't put something Trashy there.
Droncz87 November 29, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Trader Joes would kinda draw attention away from that neat little Store in town along 59 by Plainfield Central.
Sheila Raddatz November 29, 2012 at 09:49 PM
I agree and disagree, people on the North side of town have sort of been "trained" to avoid anything south of 143rd on Rt 59 by the YEARS of construction.
Ron November 29, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Forget the wish list of stores. How about new members on the Village Board that actually want to bring in commercial/industrial business into the Village?
T-Bone November 30, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Maybe we will get a Salvation Army Thrift Shop now!!
Kevin S November 30, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Sad to see it go because I always enjoy shopping there and we have no other booksellers left around here, but I have a sense that B&N is looking to get out of the brick & mortar game entirely. Perhaps wise from a business standpoint, sad for people who still love bookstores. As for TJ's, that would be awesome but I sent them an email about six months ago asking why they don't open in the 59 corridor because so many people here want them. They responded that they appreciate all of us, but had no plans to expand in our area in the next two years. They are already operating their other brand (Aldi) at 135th, but that's no TJ's. I hope they have changed their minds!
Verbal Sniper November 30, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Sounds like your basing your opinion on the Crest Hill location.The Bolingbrook and Naperville locations are clean and organized.I shop there,does that make me low class?
Jim W November 30, 2012 at 03:47 AM
I e-mail Trader Joe's once or twice a year as well, telling them our demographics and all of the available storefronts that could be had for a song. Their responses are always polite, but never very encouraging. The Naperville TJ's used to ask for your zipcode everytime you went in there, but they stopped doing that a year ago. :-(
GJ November 30, 2012 at 05:32 AM
How about a Below $5 store Boooooo! Moo-hahahah scarey!
Voice of Reason November 30, 2012 at 01:19 PM
What a great spot for a sporting goods store, since there isn't one in Plainfield.
Lori Janiec December 01, 2012 at 01:24 PM
So VERY sad to see this store go. It's been an anchor in our shopping life as my husband, daughter and I are all avid readers. The staff is always friendly and helpful there and aside from the library, love perusing the books and magazines. Very sad news. We have lost some valuable businesses lately and it is scary. Meanwhile, we have strip malls that have been vacant for YEARS due to unreasonable lease demands. Why isn't something being done about that?
Buckgrove December 01, 2012 at 01:42 PM
I wll miss the B and N bookstore in Plainfield. Now we have to travel to the bookstores we used to visit before this one was built. Perhaps a local bookstore in downtown Plainfield?
Jimmy December 01, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Sorry to see this store go. Hopefully the landlord can work with a new tenant.
Tom A December 01, 2012 at 04:10 PM
That would be one big yogurt store!
Tom Nosal December 03, 2012 at 03:01 PM
OfficeMax, Staples, Limestone Brewery and now Barnes and Noble. Plainfield can't seem to keep and support businesses. Wonder how long it will be before the 4 lube businesses the village allowed to open at 135th St. and Rte 59 will start going under?
Grandpamike December 03, 2012 at 04:16 PM
@Tom What can the village do to stop business from closing once hey are open ? Opening a new business is a risk, the risk being that they won't generate enough business to stay afloat. Happens all the time. Old business closes, new one opens up, has been that way forever. Should the village pass a bond issue to subsidize business in Plainfield ? This is just another case of a strip mall owner not being able to finance his own debt and passes it on to the tenants who can't afford higher rents so, voila, the business leaves.
Miguel Sanchez December 03, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Binny's South?
CoachB December 06, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Have you ever heard of Eich's?
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CB December 30, 2012 at 05:58 AM
There is nothing like a bookstore. It has a feel good atmosphere and the smell of a bookstore is very comforting. Such a good place for some peace and quiet with a good cuppa joe! All the good things of life slowly going away...sad. Got a kindle for christmas but it takes getting used to...still like the feel of that book in my hand with a fancy bookmark!
DN Cyentific December 30, 2012 at 07:51 AM
I think a large do it yourself yogurt palace with a big lots inside where the Starbucks is.
Tiffany S. January 05, 2013 at 06:37 PM
Hey! I personally like Walmart! Anywho, I was presented with a Kindle Fire and an iPad for Christmas, but none of it compares to a cuddling up with a good tangible book! It's unfortunate that we have to lose another great store.
Disgusted reader January 05, 2013 at 07:57 PM
I am very sorry to see the Barnes and Noble close. I have a Nook but still love to go to the book store and browse through books especially within 5 minutes of my house. Also bummed that we lost both Office Max and Staples. I do wonder how long that former Barnes and Noble location will stay empty. Too bad the landlord was unwilling to give a shorter lease than 10 years to Barnes and Noble.
Disgusted reader January 05, 2013 at 08:01 PM
I agree. I love my e-reader but still love a good physical book. Lucky you getting a Kindle Fire and an Ipad both for Christmas. Sure beats the kitchen strainer I got, LOL!
reptar john January 12, 2013 at 06:12 AM
Bolshy yarbles for all
Cj February 11, 2013 at 01:23 AM
I'm so sad this placed closed down. It was one of the places were I can get some studying. Actually, why not open a used bookstore? Like a Frugal Muse in Darien, but with a little cafe.

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