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

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

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

Apparently not enough people go to B&Ns 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 Seattle area, there are about a dozen Barnes & Noble stores, including on in Issaquah, two in Bellevue – one downtown and one at Crossroads Bellevue shopping center, and stores in Woodinville and Lakewood.

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.

On the Eastside, residents lamented last year's closings of Borders bookstores, including at Redmond Town Center.

Tell us: Would you miss the Issaquah B&N if it went onto the chopping block? How can bookstores compete more effectively in this electronic age? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Susan Gerend January 29, 2013 at 05:13 PM
Even though I spend hours everyday on the computer working and keeping up with the news, there is nothing quite as comforting as my trip to the Issaquah Barnes & Noble! The eye candy as you enter the store is exciting! Displays of intriguing books, magazines, games, stationery etc. thrill me! Seek out a few books and hide in a corner or even sit in an aisle and absorb the feel of the book - cover and pages. Open the door into refreshing an experience or triggering a new thought! Now take a coveted book or two into Starbucks, where you can eat, drink and be merry enjoying more time alone with your books! Then, the reality hits! Can I buy a book or two or must I just look forward to my next visit to this local wonderland? Where else can members of the whole family seek out their own view into the world? We must keep our Issaquah Barnes & Noble!! I get more enjoyment out of my books at the actual store, than when I have them home and try to fit more reading time into my too busy schedule!! Susan Gerend, Sammamish, WA
Jeanne Gustafson January 29, 2013 at 06:03 PM
Thanks for your comments, Susan. I know I always go straight to the nearest bookstore--around here B&N, when I'm looking for last-minute gifts for a variety of people on my list because there's such variety.
Duncan Mulholland January 30, 2013 at 12:42 AM
What a tradgedy if Issaquah lost it's Barnes & Noble store. It is my source for the best in gift giving, or receiving... GOOD BOOKS I know of no other store where I am able to select from such an excellent choice of Aviation magazines.
Marjorie Pacholec January 30, 2013 at 06:20 PM
I have a kindle and that is to travel with then the usual 2-3 books I take with me. But I still buy regular books and workbooks. I love the feel of real book.There are frequently not enough books at the library. B& N has introduced me to new authors that you don't get by looking through the kindle bookstore. I also miss the wide selection of books that Costco offered. Without books how can I travel to far away places.

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