As Discovery Channel programming becomes more hands-on (Mythbusters, Dirty Jobs, Deadliest Catch), their stores are closing up shop.
According to a company executive, the Discovery Stores were losing about $30 million a year. The loss has caused Discovery to close their 103 brick-and-mortar stores and cut 1,000 jobs. This after Discovery’s CEO David Zaslav eliminated 200 jobs in April.
I hate to see stores like this go. It is getting harder and harder to find stores that showcase education in a positive and exciting manner.
There is one good thing coming out of this decision. Discovery is offering a free Planet Earth DVD with your first purchase from their online store if you order before 2008.