Employees on scaffolding erected a big yellow “retailer closing” banner above the doorway to the Books-A-Million in Palm Coast Thursday afternoon, as clients arriving to benefit from everything-must-go gross sales expressed disbelief that the shop — the one massive bookstore in Flagler County — will quickly be no extra.
“I am unable to consider this place is closing,” one stated. A lady strolling out of the shop with a newly bought Nook e-reader stated she was “very upset” concerning the closing.
One other, Mary Lee Feeney, got here to the shop after listening to concerning the closing on Fb, and walked out with a brand new guide. However she often does not store there.
“I do most of my guide purchasing on Amazon,” she stated. “I believe I get higher offers there.”
Competitors from web sites like Amazon and from e-readers that permit individuals purchase and obtain books immediately on-line have left conventional bookstores, particularly massive general-interest shops like Books-A-Million, struggling.
Borders went out of enterprise in 2011, and Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million have closed retailer places throughout the nation.
For the reason that starting of the yr, Books-A-Million has closed shops in Jupiter; Columbia, S.C.; Hoover, Ala.; and Roseville, Mich.
A Palm Coast retailer worker informed clients coming into the shop that April 15 will probably be the final day for the State Street 100 location. It has already been faraway from the booksamillion.com retailer locator.