Today I got disturbing news. And on Facebook, too.
No one has really confirmed it, so there’s still hope. According to the story, the chain bookseller’s lease is up in January 2014, but no one from the mall could confirm or deny whether the Ross rumor was true.
But what is true is this: discount clothes are more valuable than books.
There are 15 Ross stores in Hawaii, 12 on Oahu alone. Barnes & Noble has just three locations.
Nationally, the chain said it was going to close as many as a third of its 689 retail stores in the next decade, down from a peak of 726 in 2008.
It’s actually somewhat heartbreaking to hear about yet another bookstore closing. These are places I’ve loved to spend my weekends, browsing books, sitting in the coffee shops with my laptop, chatting with friends in the magazine aisles.
And now that part of my social life is gone. It’s depressing.
In a blog for the Washington Post, Alexandra Petri said it best:
“I think it is time we staged an intervention. I am saying this on behalf of all your friends: the Publishing Industry, Book-Lovers Everywhere and — well pretty much everyone but Amazon.com. We gathered this weekend and decided it was time we spoke up. We lost Borders. We cannot bear to lose you too.”
Please, Barnes & Noble, don’t go. Where will I spend my Saturday nights?