Still No New Tenant for Former Plainfield Barnes & Noble Site

A year after the store closed, the property owner said it's still in talks with several potential tenants.

Still no deal for a new tenant at the former Plainfield Barnes & Noble site. Credit: File photo
Still no deal for a new tenant at the former Plainfield Barnes & Noble site. Credit: File photo
The former Plainfield Barnes & Noble store remains vacant, more than a year after the bookseller closed.

Last fall, a Halloween superstore briefly took up residence at the location, 12700 S. Route 59, but now the site is empty once more.

Ramzi Hassan, vice president of property owner Edwards Realty Co., said last year that the company was courting retailers such as Trader Joe's for the site, but so far, a new tenant has failed to materialize. According to its website, Trader Joe's has no plans to open a Plainfield location.

In July, Hassan told Patch the company was trying to work with several possible tenants.

"Nothing is ruled out," he said. " ... With some of the larger corporations ... things take time."

As of last week, it appeared not much had changed. In an email to Patch, Hassan said his company had nothing new to report on the site.

"We are still negotiating with a few different users for the space," he said.

What would you like to see fill the space?

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Jim W January 12, 2014 at 11:28 PM
Droncz87 January 13, 2014 at 07:28 AM
The only news here is that there is no news yet....carry on
David McMurtrie January 13, 2014 at 10:53 AM
I Liked Barnes & Noble, but if rent increases in this market forced them out, can a new business enjoy long term profitability paying the same higher rent? I often frequented other stores in the plaza when at Barnes & Noble, but since Barnes & Noble left, I haven't been to any other businesses there except Target and Mark Peters. We don't need more of the same type of store in Plainfield! If something new and different that can attract customers (and complement the entire plaza) can't be enticed to take residence in the empty store, the current situation will likely continue. How about a pet supply/pet grooming store, a large sporting goods store, a "Dollar Store" or similar type, a "Whole Foods" or similar type, or another book store? These are stores that I drive out of Plainfield in order to shop at them.
d2quinn January 13, 2014 at 12:50 PM
Bed, Bath & Beyond, Trader Joe's would have been perfect! Too bad we drove Portillo's to Shorewood! Why are we driving businesses OUT of Plainfield with such high rent? We are NOT Naperville! Bring these businesses in to anchor more stores and bring more business to Plainfield! I'm sick of having to drive to Shorewood and to Joliet and to Naperville! You drove out the office supply stores and the ONLY book store! Now bring some GOOD to Plainfield! Make us want to STAY and PLAY!
Kathy January 13, 2014 at 04:11 PM
Why bother comparing to Naperville? Jealous, then move there - this is Plainfield! How greedy is the owner being with his lease price? One has to wonder because paying for it empty vs. full at a lower lease income is sometimes better. Please NO dollar stores or big lots - those get trashy real quick - Walmart was decent for what - two years? Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Sports Authority, Dicks, Home Depot (sorry Eichs - low selection and high prices).
MomofmanyinPlainfield January 13, 2014 at 07:29 PM
Globally B&N wasn't doing well which was the main issue. I'm sure the landlord was charging a premium price for a large, end unit. Being in the business myself, i'm sure the landlord Tried to negotiate, but B&N was probably hurting so bad they opted to put this location on the close list. The landlord will either have to split the space or find a large user that won't pay high rents PLUS triple nets and give 6 months free rent.
BD January 13, 2014 at 10:34 PM
Michaels craft store would be nice -


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