or will it?
I bet this is just posturing on the company's part negotiating for a better lease. They may also be considering a different location in town which would put them in a good bargaining position. While it is possible that downtown could be left bookless it does seem strange. Whenever I am in that store it seems as crowded as a typical suburban B&N.
It was pointed out ot me that there is a full service Barnes and Noble at Point Park University downtown. So things are not as desperate as they seem.