F’ville to lose Barnes & Noble; Goodwill store to anchor

Tue, 02/02/2010 - 4:57pm
By: Ben Nelms

Bye-bye, Barnes & Noble; hello, Goodwill store.

It will have been nearly 10 years to the day from the time that Barnes & Noble opened its doors across from the Fayette Pavilion until the time it closes those doors. The bookseller will discontinue operations at its Fayetteville store on Ga. Highway 85 at the end of May.

Barnes & Noble Vice President of Development David Deason in a statement late Thursday said, “The lease is at the end of its term, and we were unable to reach an agreement with the property owners on an extension prior to the development going in to foreclosure, and then unable to reach an agreement with the lender once the property had gone into foreclosure.”

Deason said the Fayetteville store will operate through May. The premises will then be turned over to the owner/lender at the end of June, he said.

The closure of Barnes & Noble at Uptown Square will leave four storefronts vacant at the site with four others still operating.

The large space once occupied by the now-defunct Linen & Things does have an upcoming tenant. Fayetteville confirmed Monday that Goodwill Industries is planning to occupy the space next to Barnes & Noble with a second-hand store.

“I’m certainly disappointed [with the bookstore closing],” said Fayetteville Mayor Ken Steele. “As a consumer and frequent customer, I’m disappointed. As a customer, it seemed that they were doing great business. Barnes & Noble has been a good business partner, and they have been active with schools and local authors. We have contacted them about helping find another location in Fayetteville.”

Steele said residents can contact Howard Spiva at the company’s real estate department at 404-442-6926.

The closure of Barnes & Noble will leave Books-A-Million at The Avenue in Peachtree City as the only large bookseller in Fayette County.

The 21,000-square-foot Barnes & Noble opened its doors on May 24, 2000, with a staff of 60. Along with Linen & Things, Barnes & Noble was an initial tenant of the 80,000-square-foot Uptown Square retail center situated on nine acres. Linen & Things closed its doors in 2008 amid bankruptcy proceedings.

The situation at adjacent shopping areas to the north of Uptown Square is not much better. Immediately to the north where Verizon and FedEx are located, the strip center has more storefronts closed than open. And just north of there at Fayetteville Commons the strip center is mostly empty.

The Barnes & Noble property fronts the main entrance to the sprawling Pavilion shopping center, home to several big-box retailers and a movie theater.

The Uptown Square, LLC property along Hwy. 85 went into foreclosure in mid-2009.

The lease agent for the property is ColliersSpectrumCauble. Calls placed to the company about the lease situation with Barnes & Noble were not returned.

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Submitted by RKS on Mon, 02/22/2010 - 8:58am.

Check out on Facebook: "Join if you want the Fayetteville Barnes & Noble to stay.". Maybe if we all complain enough and contact the commissioners, we can convince them to work a deal to keep B and N.

Submitted by 30YearResident on Tue, 02/09/2010 - 9:09am.

For a book store to survive, it needs to be located in an area where people can read beyond a 3rd grade level.

Unfortunately, the area north of Fayetteville, specifically around the deterioriating "Pavilion", has fallen into the "baggy pants, hoodies, expensive tennis shoes and the incipid "rap" junk blaring out of car windows" crowd.

Shoplifting has escalated to the point where retail stores thieft-losses have driven many in the area to just close and move out (note the empty buildings all around that area)It's not the economy, it's the clientle.

These are just the plain and simple truth, like it or not, "politically correct" or not. You can stick your head in the sand and use all the excuses, but facts are facts.

The blight that swallowed up Riverdale is rapidly flowing south down Georgia Highway 85. It won't be too much longer until it overtakes Fayetteville itself. The Goodwill store fits into the upcoming Riverdale look.

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Submitted by Gene61 on Tue, 02/09/2010 - 2:05am.

Fayette's charm has been lost. Should we remain ourselves Riverdale West?

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Submitted by Git Real on Sun, 02/07/2010 - 12:03pm.

Wow... with smaller stores consisting of paycheck cashing facilities, car title lenders, pawn shops and licker stows. Throw in some hair weaving, a couple of nail salons and a We-Buy-Gold-Here store and all that will be lacking is a DUI School to complete this entrepreneurial package.

The only thing slowing the disinigration of Fayetteville is the fact that people can't afford to buy or sell homes. That is the only thing stabilizing what little is left of our once upscale and pristine community. Now coupled with Jack Smith's developer bought and paid for pork project, all we need is for Clayton County to expand their transit system into Fayette County and we've ceded this once fine community to the third world minded.

Ehhhh... what's the point even trying anymore. Let Jack and company have their by-pass to so they add more to the ever increasing glut of empty commercial properties that dot our landscape. Don't worry... I won't let the door hit me on the arse on the way out. So save your breath..... I'll leave soon enough without your nudgings. Eye-wink

Just Like Welfare and Socialized Medicine - You Don't Have To Work For It.... THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

Submitted by AtHomeGym on Sun, 02/07/2010 - 12:26pm.

Clayton County Transit System went Tango Uniform, so no worries about expansion!

Submitted by mar66cla on Sun, 02/07/2010 - 10:47am.

All the positive and politically correct comments are nice, but fact is that there has never been a positive outcome from a community that is the victim of "White Flight". I'm afraid that F'ville is a sinking ship.

Submitted by Davids mom on Mon, 02/08/2010 - 4:00pm.

Where are the blacks in Fayetteville that someone is running from? Where do they live? That is what is usually associated with the term 'white flight'. Business owners of failing businesses have left; Delta personnel have left. Were they running from the 'blacks' that have moved in? In my community, whites have moved in - and I live in Fayetteville. I've been here six years - with the same neighbors. Gosh, some of them are 'white'. I think Chrissy has a clearer picture of what is happening throughout our country. We're all tightening the purse strings - and spending wisely/looking for the bargain. Developments in Fayetteville are tightening up the covenants - not too many rentals, etc. The families in my development have all maintained their property to the 'pristine' standard. What is happening here is not the 'white flight' - its the flight of those who can't afford to live here any longer. . .and maintain.

Submitted by chrissy314r2 on Wed, 02/03/2010 - 10:25pm.

I am what a few of you call a "Real Estate Honcho" We here in Fayetteville have lived in a bubble for so long that we can not imagine that our town would have such a store as a Goodwell. Guess what guys, Goodwell just opened in Buckhead as well. Times are hard and Goodwell stores along with Dollar Stores are doing great right now. In the past six months, I have put five Goodwell stores and three Dollar type stores in shopping centers that are in good so called high-end neighborhoods.

I hate to see Barnes and Noble leave but Amazon is killing all book stores and with devices like Kindle and i-pad bookstores are preparing for the future. It would be nice to work a deal but remember this center is in foreclosure and if sold it will be for pennies on the dollar. Right now, tenants are re-negotiating leases and know the landlords are forced to take what they offer but sometimes it is more cost effective for the landlord to say good-bye, especially when it is in foreclosure. However, the County and it's citizen suffer the lose.

Submitted by MYTMITE on Sun, 02/07/2010 - 3:47pm.

great neighborhoods in the last six months, I would hope you would know the correct name. Once is an typo error, etc., four times means you don't know better. Better check those signed leases again.

Submitted by normal on Wed, 02/03/2010 - 8:43am.

What is your problem out there. More people this year and next will need a good will store to get by. I have never shopped in one but I do donate to them, like the new one next to Publix on Hwy 74s. Our government is broke and you all better get a grip on whats to come. Just watch this year and next. More foreclosures, commercial and residential. More jobs lost, and now the USA is pissing off China who holds the mortgage on this soon to be 3rd world country. Bring on good will and the Ross stores. Have a lovely day

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Submitted by 96ironman on Wed, 02/03/2010 - 7:26am.

Goodwill store for a Barnes and Noble, yah that's a good swap. Yikes.

I'll never understand these commercial real estate honchos. How can that be better than cutting Barnes and Noble a break on the lease? Especially in these hard times. I guess they would rather have the place empty.

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Submitted by matt.barnes on Wed, 02/03/2010 - 1:25pm.

Real Estate Honchos like thrift stores because they pay their rent and never go out of business. These "non-profit" businesses make tons of money. They run on donated goods and volunteer staff. All they have to worry about is rent and utilities.

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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Tue, 02/02/2010 - 8:02pm.

I know that Barnes and Noble's space will not directly be filled by Goodwill, but the effect is still the same - specifically a big downgrade for the shopping center. Look for a lot more of that to happen.

Braelinn is next, Avenues will follow.

If I were doing it, I may have given Barnes and Noble a break on the lease since times are tough and it is better to have a quality tenant than none at all, but that's just me. The brains at Collier/Cauble obviously know better. Let's see who they get.

Submitted by Angry Taxpayer on Wed, 02/03/2010 - 12:52pm.

Morgan, actually it's my understanding the Goodwill store is moving into the former Linens and Things location, not Barnes and Nobles.

Frankly, I wouldn't be surprised if B&N got wind of their new co-anchor and decided it wasn't worth the effort to renew - even at a reduced rate.

It's a lot more politically correct than admitting the new tenant's customer base will become a "concern" to B&N's customer base.

Submitted by RKS on Wed, 02/03/2010 - 12:38pm.

I guess nobody in Fayetteville needs to purchase books.....I swear, my town looks more and more like Riverdale every day.

Submitted by boogurl on Wed, 02/03/2010 - 2:50pm.

Wow now that surely is a poor choice of words RKS!! Wow would it be "ghetto" to have a Goodwill here in fayetteville? Would it be any better if the name were different? Not only does that sound negative but to make it seem as though Fayette is the only county that supports GOODWILL! Please let's not belittle anything or anyone who tries to come and help people in any county. My question would be to anyone are you doing anything to help your county or the people who are in need? Or are you just worried about the IMAGE that your county holds?????????

Submitted by RKS on Thu, 02/04/2010 - 6:14am.

I am worried about the fact that MY town has become South Riverdale...crime ridden, full of thugs and the fact that the value of my property is not what it should be as a result of a town that is in a state of transition. I don't object to a Goodwill store, I object to it being in a location like the B and N spot...it needs to be in a low end part of town....let's not ghetto up every shopping center here in town. Put it down by Big Lots. Let's all look at the reality of the fact that this town is not what it used to be - look at all the bank robberies, look at all the kids walking around with "pants on the ground" - look at the empty shopping centers, look at the filthiness of many of the stores that we have, look, look, look! We are turning into Clayton County.

Submitted by doright on Thu, 02/04/2010 - 7:47am.


I would politely disagree that Fayetteville is looking like Clayton County. Instead I would say that what you are seeing is a reflection of all of society. We no longer teach our youth to have respect for themselves and for authority. We no longer teach that your appearance can make a difference in getting your foot in the door and not even being looked at.

I disagree that Goodwill needs to be in a low-end part of town. Last check we still had a free capitalist market and they have every right to make a dollar. Goodwill provides a great service and often times BRAND NEW CLOTHES WITH TAGS. This service is vital in a time when America is being over run by huge government spending, bad decisions, and massive unemployment.

None of us are to good for Goodwill. You want to change the filthiness of the stores start talking to the store owners and get them on board with taking pride in their store. For all those stores (and there's only a few) there are many more who are doing a great job, are clean, and provide great customer service.

Change starts with you, complaining gets you no where. Step up to the plate RKS and do the right thing and make a difference in your community. You might just find you have inspired others to do the same.

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Submitted by dawn69 on Thu, 02/04/2010 - 9:47am.

I lived in Riverdale for most of my school years, graduating from North Clayton, and can tell you that Riverdale is not the town it used to be. The problem began decades ago when Eastern went under and there was a mass exodus out of Riverdale - houses being hastily sold. The economy of Riverdale was hit hard. I remember when my parents sold their house in '89 or '90 for 80,000...six months later when our neighbor sold their house (which was larger than ours) they felt lucky to take 65,000. You can't sell in a market that is "undesirable" and even at that time Riverdale was headed towards being undesirable.

Fayetteville, in the 80's and early 90's, was mostly pecan groves down highway 85. It was a lovely quaint town that was expensive to buy a house in - every one wanted to live in Fayette but not every one could afford the 2 acre minimum. My parents bought in Hampton.

Some call this "white flight", but what I see is there would be no flight if there was no chase. In other words, it's not just white folks that want a better city to live in. As another blogger pointed out weeks ago, the black community wants a better living for their family as well and will, when able, seek out those areas. From what I know of my own acquaintances, they take better care of their property than the red neck trash that lives next to me.

This is not a black/white issue as much as it is a zoning, ordinance, and board of education issue. If you want a nice community - keep those three in check.

"The most beautiful things in life cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart." - Helen Keller

Submitted by boogurl on Sat, 02/06/2010 - 5:02pm.

That was so beautifully put and I agree 100%. Thank you for that word of wisdom. I am not orginally from here but I use to lived in Clayton County 6 years ago. My husband and I bought our first house there and were very excited. Long story short after 2yrs in the subdivision we began to see a change in it and wanted to move. Heard about Faytte and the school system. Leased a house in Fayette and loved it and the school system. My daughter liked her old school better and wanted to go back and we did. Move to Hampton was there for 2yrs and sure nough it began to change. Not only blacks all ethnic groups that did not care moved there and the community started looking bad.
Now we are in Fayette county and really like it here. It's sad I heard a lady make a comment while we were outside looking at a potential house. Her words were : "why is it that everywhere we go these "N" follow", I was hurt but upset. I don't care where anyone is if it something that I want and like, I work hard for it and will get it. We can chose to be a great leader or stand back and follow anything.
Once again thank you DAWN!!

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Submitted by dawn69 on Sat, 02/06/2010 - 10:27pm.

Mothers of all color just want what's best for our family, don't we? Smiling

"The most beautiful things in life cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart." - Helen Keller

Submitted by Davids mom on Mon, 02/08/2010 - 4:23pm.

represents the best in America!!

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Submitted by dawn69 on Thu, 02/11/2010 - 1:38am.

I am afraid that you give me too much credit. I can not in good conscience claim to have NEVER used the "N" word. I have. But it was long ago before I learned to argue without resorting to that last ignorant line of defense. I don't admit this as part of any "white guilt" syndrome, I'm just trying to be honest.

We should all take a lesson from Helen Keller. Here is a woman who could easily have seen her world as ugly and vile. Instead she chose to fill her heart with beauty.

"The most beautiful things in life cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart." - Helen Keller

Submitted by mar66cla on Wed, 02/10/2010 - 12:48pm.

Dawn is right, it's not a black/white issue anymore. It's a safety issue. When you don't feel its safe for your wife or children in your own neighborhood. When you read about the drug busts in your local shopping center, holdups and the trouble in neighborhood schools, then you try to leave. Unfortunately we are seeing all these things now in F'ville. I remember when Riverdale was just like F'ville used to be. You have face the facts.

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