The chain recently experienced disappointing numbers over the holiday season.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Barnes & Noble, which reported that it had struggled with sales over the holiday season, will shutter one-third of its current locations over the course of the next ten years.
The chain will close about 20 a year, which will be bring the store’s locations to between 450 and 500 total. Barnes & Noble currently has 689 retail locations as well as 674 stores at colleges, which are counted as a different chain.
"It's a good business model," Mitchell Klipper, chief executive of Barnes & Noble's retail group, said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. "You have to adjust your overhead, and get smart with smart systems. Is it what it used to be when you were opening 80 stores a year and dropping stores everywhere? Probably not. It's different. But every business evolves.” Klipper pointed out that currently, only 3 percent of the Barnes & Noble locations are losing money.
Barnes & Noble spokesperson Mary Ellen Keating pointed out that the chain opened two new prototype stores during 2012.