Barnes & Noble To Close More Stores: Would You Miss the One in San Bruno?

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

Do you still go to the Barnes & Noble bookstore in San Bruno?

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.

There is one Barnes & Noble in San Bruno.

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.


phdog January 29, 2013 at 04:04 PM
I would miss B&N! It's one of the only bookstores around. If it closed, I'd be forced to order from Amazon, and I really enjoy going in and looking at the books, reading the back cover, etc.
Felicia Rodriguez January 29, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Definitely Would miss it! B&N is one of the few stores that my 16yo son will Voluntarily go into with me. We are avid readers and being able to browse around the store, pick up a book & flip through a few pages (just to be sure) makes it all the more enjoyable. In addition to books, we'll even pick up a CD or DVD (or 2) every now and again.
martha Bredwell January 29, 2013 at 09:45 PM
I would really miss taking the grandchildren there to get an idea of the books they want for birthdays & other special occasions. Plus I can always find 2 or 3 books I like. Would really miss it.
L Abu Z January 30, 2013 at 12:36 AM
It would be a huge loss! It'a a gathering place, it has social importance as well as plenty of people that still love an actual book/magazine!


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