Book World shutting down all stores, including 5 MN locations

The closings come at a rough time for brick-and-mortar businesses.

The latest victim of the Amazon age is Book World, a multistate retail chain based in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Multiple reports say the company has announced it's closing all 45 of its stores, which are spread across seven states. 

Five of those locations are in Minnesota, namely Alexandria, Baxter, Bemidji, Park Rapids, and Willmar – all outstate.

Book World will begin liquidating its entire inventory on Thursday, a plan that includes offering "deep discounts" on pretty much all merchandise, the Brainerd Dispatch reports. 

The paper quotes Senior Vice President Mark Dupont as saying the national shift toward e-commerce is responsible for a "downward spiral in customer counts" and reduced sales.

Which isn't just an excuse – Amazon's disruption of brick-and-mortar book sales is well documented, with Barnes & Noble recently reporting declining sales in the face of online competition. 

But it's not just books – retailers like Walmart and Target are also scrambling for ways to stay profitable as Amazon draws more and more people away from traditional shopping experiences. 

As for Book World, the closing sale will run until all merchandise is gone, with the company saying they expect the liquidation to wrap up in January, the Daily Tribune says. 

According to the paper, it's the fourth-largest bookstore chain in the country. 

It was founded in 1976. 

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