As of Jan 27, 2018, the company operated 630 bookstores under the Barnes & Noble Booksellers trade name in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

In fiscal 2017, the company opened 3 stores and closed 10 Barnes & Noble stores. In fiscal 2018, the company expects to open and close approximately the same amount of stores as in fiscal 2017. In fiscal 2015, the company spun off its B&N College segment consisting of 736 primarily school-owned bookstores.

All but one of the company's stores are leased. Leases for Barnes & Noble stores typically provide for an initial term of 10 or 15 years with one or more renewal options, and 360 leases are up for renewal by April 30, 2020.

Most Barnes & Noble stores are located in high-visibility areas adjacent to main traffic corridors in strip shopping centers, freestanding buildings and regional shopping malls, ranging in size from 3,000 to 60,000 square feet depending upon market size, with an overall average store size of 26,000 square feet.

Store growth-0.6%-1.3%-1.2%-2.0%-2.1%-2.3%
Total gross square feet (M)16,70016,70016,90017,10017,40017,700
Total gross square feet growth-0.6%-1.2%-1.2%-1.7%-1.7%-1.7%
Avg store gross sq ft26,50026,40026,40026,40026,30026,200
Avg store gross sq ft growth0.0%0.1%0.1%0.2%0.4%0.7%

Notes:Only includes Barnes & Noble stores; excludes college bookstores