Barnes & Noble was originally a book printing business that was started by Charles Barnes in 1873 in Wheaton, IL. Barnes' son William opened the first bookstore with parner G. Clifford Noble in 1917 in New York City. Leonard Riggio, the owner of the Student Book Exchange chain, purchased the Barnes & Noble trade name and flagship store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.
Barnes & Noble Headquarters:
Barnes & Noble is currently located in New York City, NY.
Barnes & Noble Mission Statement:
"Our mission is to operate the best specialty retail business in America, regardless of the product we sell. Because the product we sell is books, our aspirations must be consistent with the promise and the ideals of the volumes which line our shelves. To say that our mission exists independent of the product we sell is to demean the importance and the distinction of being booksellers.
"As booksellers we are determined to be the very best in our business, regardless of the size, pedigree or inclinations of our competitors. We will continue to bring our industry nuances of style and approaches to bookselling which are consistent with our evolving aspirations.
"Above all, we expect to be a credit to the communities we serve, a valuable resource to our customers, and a place where our dedicated booksellers can grow and prosper. Toward this end we will not only listen to our customers and booksellers but embrace the idea that the Company is at their service."
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