By ALEC ETHEREDGE | Editor-in-chief
SHELBY NORTH – Over the past few months, several changes have been made to the popular Brook Highland Plaza shopping center in northern Shelby County, and the latest of those changes is the closure of Books-A-Million.
The popular bookstore, which has been open for 27 years, suddenly closed on Sunday January 9, but signs were posted saying “We will be back.”
On top of that, the sign currently displayed outside the old store reads, “This location is closing, but a new BAM!” Be there soon!”
It’s unclear where a new Books-A-Million would be located along US Hallway 280, but other store locations in the Birmingham metropolitan area remain open in Alabaster, Fultondale and Trussville.
The alabaster location is currently the only Books-A-Million open in Shelby County.
The store’s closure marks a busy time of change in the mall as Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, Burlington, Ruby Sunshine and Goodwill have all moved into Brook Highland Plaza and are all now open.
In an email to customers, Books-A-Million said the Brook Highland location was closing, but Birmingham was their home and they were working to secure a new location in the area.
Other busy malls nearby include Tattersall Park, Lee Branch, Inverness Corners, Inverness Plaza, and River Ridge, several of which could provide a new location for Books-A-Million.
Until the new location opens, they encourage their regular customers to visit one of the other locations or to buy online.