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No, Boise’s Barnes & Noble isn’t closing

A rumor on social media took off over the weekend, saying that the Boise location of book store Barnes & Noble was closing.

It is not.

“Hey Boise…did you all know they were closing the Barnes and Noble?! I just found out,” a user on Twitter posted.

The tweet got wide attention, with more than 10,500 impressions on the social media platform, driven by dozens of comments.

A BoiseDev reader tagged us, so we did some checking.

A store employee told us that they have had a flood of calls from customers who saw the tweet wondering if it is true, but the worker told us, emphatically, that they have been given no such information and noted that the location is in the process of hiring new employees.

The store currently has positions listed for booksellers and baristas.

A spokesperson confirmed the store will remain open.

“We are happy to confirm we just recently did a renovation in the store and have no plans to close,” the spokesperson wrote.

Late last fall, Barnes and Noble applied to upgrade the exterior signage on its building at 1315 N. Milwaukee St. New wall signs worth $12,300 are going up on the east and south sides of the store, replacing existing signs with an outdated logo.

Barnes and Noble said it plans to open 30 new stores this year. The chain has shut down about 125 stores in the past 14 years according to the Wall Street Journal, but executives told the paper it will open more stores than it will close this year.

The Boise location, like many BN stores, has diversified its offerings to include toys, games, greeting cards, and other gifts.

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Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don is the founder and publisher of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow. Contact him at [email protected].

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