(WXIA) -- 11Alive News has learned that Barnes & Noble plans to close its Camp Creek Marketplace store in East Point when its lease expires in July.
"The current lease is at its end-of-term and we will be closing the Camp Creek Parkway store in July," David Deason, VP of development for Barnes & Noble, said in a statement emailed to 11Alive. "We enjoyed serving our customers at this location and invite those customers to visit one of the other nearby Atlanta-area Barnes & Noble locations for the same great service and selection."
An online petition on the site Change.org is requesting that the company reconsider its position, noting that the location has been there since the shopping plaza at the intersection of Camp Creek Parkway and Interstate 285 first opened in 2003. Many critics on the site point out that no other bookstores are in the south Fulton County area, and that many college students utilize the store.
The next closest bookstores are Barnes & Noble locations in midtown Atlanta and on Cobb Parkway.
Other bookstore chains in Metro Atlanta have shuttered stores, including Barnes & Noble's primary competitor, Borders, which liquidated their entire chain in 2011. Business analysts have pointed out that Atlanta-based Chapter 11 Books and Oxford Books were forced out of business in earlier years in the face of competition from the larger national chains.
The company has already announced plans to close at least 20 stores per year over the next ten years.