Books-A-Million Brook Highland Closes After 27 Years

Books-A-Million at Brook Highland Plaza closed on January 9, 2022. (Pat Byington / Bham Now)

Birmingham based Books-A-Million closed its Brook Highland store on Highway 280 today after 27 years.

The closure surprised many customers inside the popular bookstore. On Sunday morning, the store’s iconic Books-A-Million sign was removed. On top of that, there was no special clearance or move sale of any kind indicating that the store was closing – only the employees were packing the books, magazines, and coffee.

“It took us by surprise,” Chelsea resident John Chamblee told Bham Now as he went shopping with his three children aged 4 to 9. “We didn’t really know this was happening. I have to say it’s disappointing. I sure hope they move somewhere else because we like to bring the kids so we can find resources.

Books-A-Million at Brook Highland Plaza closed on January 9, 2022. (Pat Byington / Bham Now)

This is the second Books-A-Million store to close in the Birmingham area since the pandemic struck in March 2020. The other store was in Brookwood Village, which is nearly vacant.

Three Books-a-Million stores remain in the Birmingham metropolitan area. They are:

  • Trussville
  • Fultondale
  • Alabaster

Brook Highland Plaza transformation continues

Goodwill industries
Goodwill Industries opened a new store at Brook Highland Plaza on January 7, 2022. (Pat Byington / Bham Now)

In the past year or so Brook highland plaza added several department stores and restaurants, including Best Buy, Burlington Coat Factory and Ruby sun. Now they will have to find a store to replace the departure 20,400 SF – Books-A-Million.

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Pat Byington

Long-time curator. Former Executive Director of the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Editor of Bama Environmental News for over 18 years. Highlights of his career include taking an active role in creating Alabama’s Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preserving special places throughout Is through The Wilderness Society and Strengthening (Strengthening) The Cancer State of Alabama. risk and mercury standards.

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