TELL US: Should Menlo Park's Barnes & Noble Stay Open?
Barnes & Noble announced they're going to be shutting unprofitable stores. Will the only bookstore close to Woodbridge be on that list?
In the age of Amazon and ebooks, it was bound to happen. Barnes & Noble's chief executive told the Wall Street Journal that the company will be closing at least 20 stores a year over the next ten years.
Until the last fiscal year, the company has been opening an average of 15 stores a year. Now they appear to be closing at least as many, according to a Huffington Post report.
Since that WSJ story appeared, Barnes and Noble has been trying to explain what they really meant. The bookseller "is fully committed to the retail concept for the long term,” retail store CEO Mitchell Klipper was quoted in Publishers Weekly.
A B&N spokesman told Clark Patch that the Clark Barnes & Noble store - an important store in that township - reassured book buyers that they just signed a long term lease on that store until 2019.
But what of the B&N in Menlo Park Mall?
Since Borders closed its store in Woodbridge Center in 2011, the township of 100,000 people has had no book retailer in its boundaries.
The Menlo Park store hasn't been singled out by B&N to stay open or to be shut. What do you think?
Tell Us: Should the Barnes and Noble in Menlo Park stay open? Do you go there? Would you miss it? Should a bookstore open in Woodbridge Township?