This article was published on September 20, 2011 in the print and online editions of the Lansing City Pulse. City Pulse was the first to break the story.
by Nicole LaChance
One of the downtown East Lansing business anchors is closing.
Barnes & Noble, located in the old Jacobson’s Building on the corner of Grand River Avenue and Charles Street, is shutting its doors on Dec. 31, said David Deason, vice president of development for Barnes & Noble Booksellers Inc. Deason cited the end of the lease term as the reason for the closure.
A source said that employees were told the company and building owner were unable to agree on the cost of a new lease, causing the closure. The owner is City Center Partners 2 LLC.
Several employees were questioned about the closure at the store, but declined to comment after a 2 p.m. staff meeting at which the news was announced. One floor manager directed questions to the company’s corporate communications manager, Arielle Berlin, who released Deason’s statement.
No word has been given on what will fill the very large hole to be left by the store, which occupies a generous corner lot.
When the East Lansing Barnes & Noble closes its doors, Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Schuler Books & Music will be the closest major bookstore operation. Schuler has a location at Meridian Mall in Okemos, as well as one at the Eastwood Towne Center in Lansing Township. Barnes & Noble will have a remaining location at the Lansing Mall in Eaton County.
The store opened in September 2001, after the store moved to Meridian Mall the previous year. The two-story building holds over 100,000 books, CDs and movies and also includes a coffee shop.