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?

Loretta Cronin February 19, 2013 at 03:06 PM
I love that store. Keep it open. They always have a large amount of people shopping there. My grandchildren love that store as well.
Vilma Novak February 19, 2013 at 08:40 PM
Its my favorite local store. Please don't close
Allison Ory February 22, 2013 at 01:18 AM
If we don't want Barnes and Noble to close we need to start supporting the stores by actually buying products from them. So many people just use Barnes and Noble as a showroom to discover and check out products then go and buy them online on Amazon or ebay for a lesser amount. Yes I know we are all looking to save a buck but we can't forget that we alone determine what the future of retail holds. We obviously have to expect to pay more when going into any retail store. Retail stores have to pay rent, utilities, insurance, cost of damage and theft, salaries to employees. Amazon cuts out so many of these costs of course they can offer you an extraordinary savings. What they do not offer is the experience. You do not get to see and hold the product and know sight on scene that it is flawless. You can walk out of that store right there, right then fully assured your selected product is perfect, not a knock off, and exactly what you intended. You have to pay a premium for that. We should be happy to pay that premium, happy for the experience, happy to have a place to mill about and discover- and let's not forget the perk of instant gratification. I have so many fond memories growing up of milling about the video stores with friends or family. It was a Friday night light, a trip to the video store and a night of scary movies. Video stores are virtually extinct now with the changing face of the digital age.
Allison Ory February 22, 2013 at 01:18 AM
Books are a tangible thing. A trophy on a shelf. An indicator of culture or education. The book is too brilliant of an invention to ever go away= the turning of pages- the presence of the book itself. This cannot be replaced with a digital format. Supplemented maybe, but never, ever replaced. If we want to keep our book stores- which we do- then we need to support Barnes and Noble. There is a culture of book lovers out there that is vast and wide and oh so strong. It's up to us. I say we save them. We alone create the world we live in it. I want to live in a world with book stores- not some mega monster giant like Amazon that is swallowing the retail industry as we know it whole.
Deborah Bell February 22, 2013 at 01:00 PM
Allison, you said that SO well! I couldn't add a thing!


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