The chairman of Barnes
& Noble plans to bid for the retail business of the bookstore chain he started 40 years ago, as the company struggles with a changing competitive landscape.
On Monday, Leonard S. Riggio told the company’s board that he would make an offer for Barnes & Noble Booksellers, barnesandnoble.com and other retail assets. The proposal would not include the e-book division, Nook Media.
Like many retailers, the company is confronted by waning profit in its core business, as online retailers and other competitors gain market share....