Barnes & Noble has now temporarily closed more than 500 stores and furloughed what a spokesperson called “a large number” of employees at its headquarters. The furloughs occurred across all departments, the spokesperson explained, “with the aim to maintain all functions, but at a much reduced level.” B&N is continuing to offer healthcare benefits to the furloughed employees.
In the 100 or so stores that still remain open, B&N is limiting the number of customers who can occupy an outlet at the same time to no more than 10. In places where it legally can, B&N is continuing to offer curbside pickup. The retailer is also making book recommendations through BN.com and “staying connected to our communities through social media and virtual author readings and events,” the spokesperson said.
Books-A-Million has also closed a large number of its stores, but a more precise number couldn’t be confirmed. Like B&N, BAM is offering curbside pickup at closed stores wherever the law allows. A BAM executive called the chain’s online “robust, particularly in kids’ educational categories, puzzles and toys and faith related items.”