Barnes & Noble to not reopen, will seek alternative locations if economic conditions improve

Updated: Sep. 4, 2020 at 5:00 PM CDT
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - The beloved bookstore in Jonesboro that was destroyed by a tornado in March, will not reopen.

In a release to Region 8 News, Barnes & Noble confirmed that it is closing its store in Jonesboro.

The store took a direct hit from an EF-3 tornado on March 28, that destroyed the store, and several stores in The Mall at Turtle Creek.

The store was open during that time, even though it was the beginning of the COVID-19 shutdowns.

Vicki Thompson, the assistant manager for Barnes in Noble, saved a couple and baby’s lives during the tornado destruction.

Several stores from the mall have sought different locations on reopening.

Target, JC Penney, and Dillards were all damaged during the tornado, but ultimately reopened.

Below is the full statement from Barnes & Noble.

Barnes & Noble is very sad to announce that it is unable to reopen its store in Jonesboro, Arkansas, which was forced to close following its destruction by a tornado in March. We have been privileged to run the store for the past 14 years and were devastated for our booksellers, and for the area, when it was hit by the tornado. We have been in discussions to re-open the bookstore, but unfortunately this has proved to be uneconomic. We are to look for alternative locations for a new bookstore in the area, with an active search to begin as soon as normal retail conditions return. We thank our customers for their years of loyalty and support, and express our sincere gratitude to our terrific booksellers who worked in the Jonesboro store.

Region 8 News has reached out to the Mall at Turtle Creek owners, Brookfield properties, but have yet to receive any kind of response to our multiple requests.

A local real estate company says Turtle Creek Mall tenants are seeking their business.

Region 8 News has confirmed the following stores plan to reopen in Jonesboro, but no location or date is known:

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