Barnes & Noble To Close More Stores: Would You Miss the One in Corte Madera?

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

Do you still go to the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Corte Madera ?

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 at the Corte Madera Town Center.

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.


Sarah Caroll January 29, 2013 at 05:25 AM
When the B&N was being built in Corte Madera, I was really looking forward to having it in the area. If you go to many B&Ns in the East, you find these fabulous, funky stores with leopard-print chaises, excellent espresso bars where they play live jazz at night, and just really fun atmospheres that serve as meeting places for all ages. When the shop in Marin opened, far from being unique or fun, it was the most sterile, depressing, drab and spiritless bookstore I've ever been in. I was shocked at the lifelessness in the building. It could have been a great environment, but they went the cookie-cutter, characterless route instead. RIP, B&N.
Pamela Murphy January 29, 2013 at 05:37 PM
This is terrific news for our two, amazing, family owned bookstores: Book Passage and First Books on College Avenue. I never went to B+N in support of these wonderful and charming bookstores. Book Passage has the most amazing events and the gift card choices at First Books is worth stopping by! (open during construction!) Both stores offer personal and friendly assistance. Why would anyone need a big book chain? Obviously...we don't!
Pat Ravasio January 29, 2013 at 06:37 PM
Barnes & Ignoble is getting what it deserves. Its predatory marketing practices are coming back to bite them. They refused to go into Novato, even though there was, and is, not a single bookstore there, because, they said, there was "no proof of a market". In other words, there was no independent bookseller whose market they could swallow whole. Unfortunately, these big box monsters moved through small towns all over America washing out the independents like a big ugly Tsunami. Thank goodness Book Passage and First Books survived. That which did not kill them made them stronger. Marin readers are too smart to fall for the high price of cheap books.


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