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Barnes & Noble To Close Stores: Would You Miss Any of the Peninsula Stores?

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

Do you shop at any of the Barnes & Noble bookstores on the Peninsula?  There are Barnes and Noble stores in San Mateo, Redwood City and San Bruno. If any or all of them closed would you be happy to support Books Inc. in downtown Burlingame?

Apparently not enough people are shopping at some Barnes and Noble stores.

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.

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 Barnes & Noble closed any or all of the Peninsula stores, would you be happy to support Books Inc. in downtown Burlingame? How can bookstores compete more effectively in this electronic age? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Richard von Mayrhauser January 29, 2013 at 03:59 PM
Closing either San Mateo or Tanforan would help Books, Inc. in Burlingame, which is such a wonderful store. I was sad to see Borders close, and it's a shame when any bookstore closes. We seem to be entering a new "Dark Age" of brightly lit electronic diversion.
Natalie Morrone January 29, 2013 at 04:07 PM
We love Books Inc and only shop there anyway! In this electronic age it is so nice to see an old fashion book store with story time & a great staff & a book you can hold in your hands & flip through. They are great & order books abroad for us & love those large coffee table books too ! We would be so sad if it ever closed!!!!!
K Lathan January 29, 2013 at 10:40 PM
I have been supporting Books, Inc lately. I used to be a Border's customer. I find the RWC store to have a confusing layout. It was my first time in a big box bookstore since Borders closed. But I like Books, Inc for the knowledge and helpfulness of the staff and the intimate feeling in the stores.
Betsey Terry January 29, 2013 at 11:35 PM
I already support Books Inc to buy local. If they dont have it..they'll order it. The only purchases i've made in Barnes & Noble for years is Starbucks coffee while i sit and read the magazines.

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