Old Orchard Barnes & Noble Store To Close As Westfield Ends Lease – Patch.com

SKOKIE, IL — The Barnes & Noble store at Old Orchard shopping center is slated to close permanently on Christmas Eve after 27 years in operation, store representatives announced.
The mall’s owner, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, plans to redevelop the site and decided not to renew the retailer’s lease, according to a statement posted to social media Wednesday night by bookstore staff.
“We are doing everything we can to find a new store in this area and are very close to announcing a new location,” the statement said.

Barnes & Noble first opened at Old Orchard in 1994 following a major redevelopment of the shopping center — one of the first regional open-air malls in the country when it first opened in the 1950s.

“We proudly serve America with over 600 bookstores in every U.S. state, and are busy opening newly designed stores in communities nationwide,” said the statement, which was signed by the B&N Old Orchard Team. “We expect the one will be back in this area before too long.”
After Dec. 24, Barnes & Noble will still operate its location at Village Crossing, according to bookstore representatives.
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Skokie Patch asked representatives of Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield for any information about the nature of the planned redevelopment and the progress of redevelopment at other vacated retail sites in the mall.
“While we don’t have anything to announce today, turnover of tenants is natural in a shopping center,” a spokesperson told Patch in a statement. “Westfield has a long history of creatively transforming our retail spaces and providing best-in-class services and amenities to the local community.”

The Paris-based, multinational real estate investment trust was formed out of the 2017 purchase of Australia-based Westfield for nearly $25 billion, including debt.
The next year, another longtime tenant on the same side of the mall as the soon-to-shutter book shop, The Bagel, closed permanently after the mall landlord did not renew its lease, citing redevelopment plans.
Last year’s closure of the Barnes & Noble in downtown Evanston was blamed on the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.