Barnes & Noble To Close Stores: Would You Miss The Pleasant Hill One?

Company announces it'll 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 specific 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 they've also been 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 over the past 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.

B.J. Britton January 29, 2013 at 10:14 PM
I sincerely hope that the Pleasant Hill store remains open. We have lost too many bookstores in the past, and this would be a final blow for me.
PH Fan January 29, 2013 at 11:34 PM
I would be so sad!! I just went the other day!
Curious Seeker January 30, 2013 at 05:43 PM
Geez, don't close Pleasant Hill. I still love the hands on feel of a book & the smell of coffee under one roof. Pleasant Hill store is a delight to visit without the parking hassles of other stores. Love that store!
Janet Klasey January 30, 2013 at 07:38 PM
I hope they don't close Pleasant Hill! I go there all the time. It's in such a good location with plenty of parking; people can get to the store and get in and out without too many problems. I still very much prefer print books over e-books; there's a completely different experience holding the pages of a book as opposed to looking at a screen. I don't even know where the Walnut Creek one is since I go to Pleasant Hill so often! It's way closer to home.
Brian Walker February 03, 2013 at 04:07 PM
Dear B&N, please don't close the Pleasant Hill store. I will try to shop less on my Nook, and come to the store more. How about offering a buck (or 10%) off all in-store Nook purchases? Get 'em in the door and see what happens!


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