If you see someone on Facebook claiming that this large corporation is closing down for whatever reason, it’s generally best to try to fact check their claims and see if it’s true or another run-of-the-mill example of fearmongering.
A rumor that’s started making the rounds on social media lately is that National Bookstore, the homegrown books and school supply chain, is closing down many of its physical branches to focus on online sales.
National Bookstore itself clamped down on the rumor, posting on Facebook that it “strongly denies” it.
“National Book Store would like to assure all our partners and customers that this story is not true. Despite the significant challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, National Book Store is working tirelessly to adapt to the difficulties posed by the current situation and continue providing every Laking National with books and supplies,” the statement reads.
“While a small number of non-performing locations may be evaluated for closure or downsizing as part of our normal course of business, the vast majority of stores nationwide will remain open to serve your homeschooling, distance learning, and work from home needs, with stringent protocols in place to ensure your safety,” it also states.
What is true, however, is that the company is doing its best to amp up their ecommerce site. It also implemented a “text to order” service last May.
Look, I get it: It’s a pandemic and we’re all slightly losing our minds, so, generally speaking, we’re all just a little bit more susceptible to rumors than usual. Still, there’s so much bad news going on these days that adding a fake one into the mix is just too much on a person’s mental load, IMO.
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