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Barnes & Noble To Close Stores: Would You Miss The Walnut Creek One?

Company announces it will shut down 20 stores a year over the next decade; no specific stores are targeted yet.

Do you still go to the Barnes & Noble bookstore?

Apparently not enough people do nationally.

Company executives told the Wall Street Journal they plan to close 20 stores a year over the next decade. No individual stores have been targeted yet for closure.

In the East Bay, there are five Barnes & Noble stores. They are in Pleasant Hill, Emeryville, El Cerrito and Dublin.

If no new stores were opened, the 20-a-year pace over a decade would reduce the number of Barnes & Noble stores nationally by a third, the Huffington Post reported.

Since 2003, the company has been closing 15 stores a year, but also opening more than 30 a year. Last year, however, Barnes & Noble closed 14 stores and didn't open any, according to the Huffington Post.

One reason is a steady decline in book sales. Print book sales have decreased 22 percent in five years, according to Nielsen BookScan.

If your Barnes & Noble closed, would you miss it? How can bookstores compete more effectively in this electronic age? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Bryn Thenell January 29, 2013 at 05:08 PM
I would miss the Walnut Creek store because I buy more than books there, and I like browsing. I like being able to actually look through a book before I buy it. I would hate to see such a big seller close because it would decrease the cometition and perhaps make fewer used books available. I love my ereader, but what about those who don't have one? Will they only be able to purchase books online? It seems like all the other bookstores in our area have closed. Perhaps B&N closing a few stores would allow some independent sellers to open up. I use our wonderful library more than bookstores and ebooks, but I would hate to see our town without a bookstore. That's just wrong.
Mary Grigsby January 29, 2013 at 05:36 PM
I would definitely miss Barnes and Noble, no matter where they are. I love the Walnut Creek store, but I have to admit I do drive to the Pleasant Hill store, just because the parking is easier.
The Merry One January 29, 2013 at 09:18 PM
My entire family frequents B&N regularly and it's our go-to store for most everything in their inventory. It would be a sad day for us if they closed!
donna January 30, 2013 at 03:13 PM
I use a Kindle for books, but frequently go to B&N for gifts and special items. Would miss having it in WC.
AJ Buttacavoli January 31, 2013 at 09:41 AM
I can't remember when I bought a book at B&N - Amazon is where I shop.
lamorinda mom February 02, 2013 at 10:03 PM
I would miss it, it is a great resource - like the time my daughter lost her book and the report was due the next day and we had to make a 7:30 pm run to B&N. I also buy alot of Christmas gifts there and gift cards all year around because the kids around here get enough iTunes cards. I doubt any independents would open up - with cost of Workman's Comp insurance, liability insurance and rent, there just isn't enough margin. Plus all those awful people who look at the book and then go home and buy it on Amazon or use their "reader" to find a cheaper price on the internet.

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