I recently walked inside my local Barnes and Noble for the first time in several years. And it simply isn’t the same as I remember it.
The shelves give off the impression that they don’t want to fill them. There are books faced out all over the place. There is space available on a good chunk of the shelves. And most titles had but one copy on the shelf, except for the BN Classics and Shakespeare.
Couple those things with their announcement to start serving alcohol in four new stores starting this year, and it isn’t so hard to believe the company’s financial troubles. Too many poor decisions are being made right now.
I suppose I could be overgeneralizing based on the one store I visited, but I imagine most BN stores are pretty similar.
Have you noticed anything different in your local store?