From The Mercury News:
First, it was the Borders in Milpitas on Ginny Cox’s way home. Now her neighborhood Barnes & Noble is going out of business in San Jose’s Eastridge Mall.
What’s a local bibliophile like Cox to do?
“I’m devastated — books are my passion,’’ Cox said, standing beside a table piled with new titles, including former Vice President Joe Biden’s “The Book of Joe,’’ which is on her list.
“This is so convenient for me — it’s less than five miles from my house,’’ she explained sadly, as if watching a dream die.
The 27,700 square-foot Barnes & Noble store is closing its doors Jan. 11 after a going-out-of-business clearance sale that coincides with the holidays. It’s the latest casualty of the brick-and-mortar book store chain, joining Barnes & Nobles in Pleasant Hill, West San Jose and Fremont, among other Bay Area cities, in recent years. Ironically, a change.org online petition is now circulating to save the East San Jose behemoth bookseller.
Link to the rest at The Mercury News
For the benefit of TPV visitors who are not familiar with East Bay/Silicon Valley suburbs of San Francisco, the locations where Barnes & Noble has closed/is closing are full of people with the financial resources to buy books and the demographic predilection to be avid readers.
Here’s what Zillow says about home prices in San Jose:
The median home value in San Jose is $934,000. San Jose home values have gone up 11.3% over the past year.
The median home value in Fremont is $967,100. Fremont home values have gone up 6.4% over the past year.