Oh this one breaks my heart. My son and I love that store.

Barnes & Noble has leased that location in the Lanes Mill Marketplace , and has decided not to renew their lease at that Rt. 9 North location near the movie theater.

No word yet on exactly when the store will close or why the chain is't renewing the lease, but Howell is starting to feel like it might become a ghost town, with other big chains also announcing closings, like Best Buy and Ruby Tuesdays.

The lease on the building is up at the end of the year, so hopefully we will have a few more months left to shop there.

Fortunately, there is still another B&N just up the road on Rt. 9 North in Freehold across from the mall.

And if you love Barnes & Noble as much as I do, you can frequently spot me and my son Benjamin at some of our other favorite B&N locations, including Brick (which is my absolute favorite), Eatontown, Middletown, Freehold, and Howell (for as long as it continues to exist.)