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Lindley Estes is a business writer for The Free Lance-Star and This blog is on Fredericksburg-area business. Send an e-mail to Lindley Estes.

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Still got a Joseph-Beth gift card?

Wondering what to do with that Joseph-Beth gift card you still have? Turns out you have two options, according to the law firm handling the bookseller’s bankruptcy case.

1. Find a Joseph-Beth bookstore that’s still open. Unfortunately, that doesn’t include the JB store at The Village at Towne Centre in Spotsylvania County, which closed late last month. Books-A-Million, the country’s third-largest book retailer, plans to open a new store in the 26,000-square-foot space by Aug. 1, but BAM isn’t required to accept JB gift cards. That means people choosing this option will need to travel to Kentucky or Ohio to find a still-open JB location.

2. The other option is to submit a claim by mail to the bankruptcy court handling the case in Lexington, Ky. The law firm handling the case, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, has claim forms available. To obtain one, call 513/977-8200 or send an email to or The form should then be filled out and mailed along with a copy of the front and back of the gift card to:

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court ED of Kentucky

    P.O. Box 1111

    Lexington, KY 40588-1111 

The court must receive the claim by 5 p.m. July 29. After all claims are in, the court and law firm will investigate them and work with individual claimants to submit a payment in exchange for the card. People who don’t submit a claim or use the card by July 29 will forfeit the value of the card.

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