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Barnes & Noble to Close More Stores: Would You Miss the One in El Cerrito?

Company announces it'll shut down 20 stores a year over the next decade.

Do you still go to the Barnes & Noble bookstore in your town?

Apparently not enough people do nationwide.

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 El Cerrito    Emeryville and Pleasant Hill.

If no new stores were opened, that would reduce the number of Barnes & Noble stores nationwide 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, the Huffington Post reported.

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.

John Stashik January 30, 2013 at 04:47 AM
B&N had an interesting business model for a while. Lots of chairs so people could park for hours and never make a purchase. I wondered how that would last. They probably realized running a free reading room was not paying their rent so the chairs went away. Maybe Starbucks is their profit center. Sell enough Nooks and they will not need any retail space or employees. Even the nearby stand alone Starbucks revamped their store to reduce the number of sitters and increase revenue customers. A strange way to do business. As long as B&N can hold out in El Cerrito, the better.
rink January 30, 2013 at 04:31 PM
The EC B&N has a serious staff problem----although many are friendly and helpful there are a couple who are extremely rude. I have worked in public service and I am always pleasant and helpful. These rude staff are always snarly and suspicious. When I have been browsing with the intent of buying books they come up to me and huffingly say, "Do you plan to buy something?" I have never been rude to them. There is also no place to sit. We've been to other B&N (Walnut Creek and `SLO in particular`) where there is ample seating (and you can sit on the floors) as well as friendlier attitude. Yelp has given them an overall 2 out of 5 star rating with 102 reviews with major complaints of rude staff and lack of seating. I would miss having a large bookstore but I won't miss the rude staff.
Rita Wilson January 31, 2013 at 01:32 AM
I bought a Nook rather than another brand tablet since I knew I could go to EC and get the help I need on it. Ian is fantastic help there! Of course I also bought paper books there, mostly in the children's section for my granddaughter. She chose her books. We plan on doing more. That's where I bought my 2013 diary calendar, not wanting to wait for Jan.1 in Pegasus on Solano Ave. I've never encountered any rude staff, only delightful, knowledgable staff. PLEASE STAY.
Ebenezer Coode January 31, 2013 at 03:53 AM
Ever been to Pegasus, Moe's or Shakespeare & Co.? There are lots more within 10 miles.
John Stashik January 31, 2013 at 05:46 AM
Please stay? The will stay if the store is profitable.

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