Update, Feb. 15, 2013:
Good news, Clark Barnes & Noble fans:
After publishing our story yesterday, we now have received a response from Barnes & Noble's media relations department on whether the store will be one of the many stores to be closed in coming years.
Yesterday, Patch received the following email from B&N Spokesperson Mary Ellen Keating:
"I saw your story and want you to know that we recently signed a long-term lease on the Clark story that extends through 2019," writes Keating. "We love the community and plan to serve customers in Clark for a long time to come. Hope this helps clarify."
Many of you wrote in on our Facebook page to express how much you'd miss the store if it closed.
Angela Dallesandro wrote: "I don't even live in the area anymore, and I would be crushed! It's still one of my favorite meeting spots when I'm back."
Kathleen Kat Patterson wrote: "yes it would be missed - kids love it too! also great social meeting place."
See the rest of the responses on our Facebook page: facebook.com/clarkgarwoodpatch
Original Story, Feb. 14, 2013:
In the wake of recent news that Barnes & Noble will be closing a third of its stores over the next 10 years, Clark-Garwood Patch had one question: Will the Clark store close?
When we called there, a man who said he was the manager refused to answer whether our location would be among the closures and would not comment on the announcement. Our call to Barnes & Noble's media relations department was not returned.
The bookseller has 689 stores currently and will whittle down to 450 to 500 stores in the next 10 years, according to CEO Mitchell Klipper in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. There are 24 B&N stores in New Jersey, two of which are in Union County - the Clark and Springfield locations.
The Huffington Post points to why bookstores like Barnes & Noble are suffering: "Print book sales nationwide dropped 22 percent over the past five years according to Nielsen BookScan, as ebooks and other digital devices have become more popular. Where that leaves the retail side of Barnes & Noble's business in the medium term is unclear."
Would you miss the Clark B&N if it closes? Tell us in the comments.