New bookstore brings excitement and worries


JONESBOROW, Arkansas (KITE) – The announcement of Barnes and Noble’s return to Jonesboro has mixed feelings, some people are excited to explore the big store again, but one small business owner doesn’t share the same feeling.

This announcement comes almost three years after the old site was destroyed by a tornado, and many book lovers, like Jennifer Norton, are thrilled to have them back.

“I’m looking forward to it, this is the store I missed, the fact that Barnes and Noble was gone was a disappointment,” Norton said.

Jennifer Norton was not alone, Paragould local Austin Weber said he felt the area was underserved after the tornado, so he and his family opened their own store.

“There was constant talk in our group of friends and a desire to open a local bookstore after Barnes and Noble were hit by a tornado,” Weber said.

Weber’s book house opened about a year ago, and Austin said he’s nervous because he knows they don’t have the resources to keep up with a store like this.

“It’s a bit of a concern because we don’t have the economies of scale that Barnes and Noble have, but I really hope that since we’re a community bookstore, we can really take advantage of the community aspect,” Weber said.

Weber hopes people in Paragould and all over Green County will come to his store, but those in Jonesboro are happy to have an option a little closer to home.

“I like to browse, I like to go into different sections, you know the travel section, and see what they have, which is hard to do on Amazon,” Norton said.

There is no schedule for when the store can move in.

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