December 2, 2005Business)
I'm still not sure why this is such big news, but the Roseville Barnes & Noble is closing. No, not the giant Har Mar store with the cafe, music section and one of only a handful of used sections in the country. It's the Rosedale Marketplace store located across the street from Rosedale Mall.
When it opened in 1990 it was the first Barnes & Noble "superstore" outside New York. But only five years later the Har Mar store opened, less than two miles away and three times the size (14,000 square feet vs. 44,000). It's a wonder the smaller store lasted as long as it did.