Turtle Creek Books will close downtown

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Hillary Gavan/Beloit Daily News Turtle Creek Books, 444 E Grand Ave., will be closing its physical location in favor of online offerings.

BELOIT - Turtle Creek Books, 444 E Grand Ave., will be closing its doors downtown in favor of online offerings.

The space has been occupied by Barnes & Noble College, which is currently leased to Beloit College.

Beloit College is contracting with an exclusively online bookseller to provide textbooks for students and faculty. In a statement, the college said the shift is expected to offer benefits to students such as easier access to textbooks, more convenient online ordering, lower-priced options and improved flexibility for faculty. It also provides students and the community with better access to Beloit College apparel at more online and physical retail locations at a variety of price points, according to statements from Beloit College in response to an inquiry about the closure.

According to the statements provided, moving to an online-only provider will allow Wisconsin Management and the Downtown Beloit Association to consider the best ways to repurpose the space currently occupied by Barnes & Noble College.

"When Beloit College first moved its bookstore downtown in 2000, it was part of an effort to rejuvenate downtown Beloit. The work of the whole community has brought this to fruition. Downtown Beloit has never been stronger, which makes now the perfect time to see this space repurposed into something that will further benefit the entire community. This decision comes after many years of consideration and evaluating many different options for our bookstore. We are thankful for our 20-year partnership with Barnes & Noble College. And per the contract, Barnes & Noble was given a one-year advance notice about the cancellation," according to an email issued from Beloit College.

Downtown Beloit Association Executive Director Shauna El Amin said in a statement that the DBA and the city will work to find a new tenant for the downtown business space.

"The Downtown Beloit Association looks forward to working with the property owner to promote the space for future business ventures," El Amin said. "Downtown Beloit has few vacancies and we are confident this space can attract a unique concept that will fit in well with the character of the area."

It is unknown how many employees will be impacted or if the owner of the building has other plans for the space.

Calls to Wisconsin Management went unreturned as of press time.

Staff from Turtle Creek Bookstore referred the Beloit Daily News request to a regional manager who did not respond by press time.

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