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Borders files for bankruptcy, closing Pleasanton store

Original post made on Feb 16, 2011

Borders Group, the bookstore, announced today that it will close its Pleasanton store and many others across the country by April.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 5:43 PM

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Posted by MainStreetDiva
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Feb 16, 2011 at 7:17 pm

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How sad, I had hoped they would keep the Pleasanton store open.

Now we'll give our business to Dublin at Barnes & Noble (or use our e-books).


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Posted by Really?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 16, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Being that your name is MainStreetDiva, I would think that you would mention Towne Center Books. They are so helpful, always with good recs, plus will order any book they dont have and get it within a couple of days. This is where I spend my money, not the big stores.


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Posted by R Lou
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 16, 2011 at 11:42 pm

I agree with Really? Towne Center Books always has or will get the book I want. MainStreetDiva you may want to re think and shop where your name takes you.


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Posted by Lee
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 17, 2011 at 9:00 am

I also feel Borders closing is sad. Thank you readers for mentioning Towne Center Books. I tend to forget them but from now on will go there.


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Posted by Claudette
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 17, 2011 at 9:47 am

VERY sad they are closing. Just heard from a friend this morning... We've been meeting there weekly and the manager there is so gracious he puts out tables and welcomes us with open arms... VEry Sad ~ Art Critique and Coffee a Local Art Group has been meeting for a few years now showing our work and discussing how to make the paintings better.

WE ARE IN DIRE NEED OF A NEW PLACE TO MEET to keep us out of the bad weather. Anyone Have an empty space where about 20 artists can meet?


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Posted by Jaca
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 17, 2011 at 10:31 am

Iam so unhappy that the Pleasanton Borders is closing, I heard the list on last nights news, it did not mention Pleasanton.


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Posted by D W
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 17, 2011 at 11:32 am

Even with the hometown-v-big-box angle here, I still wonder if Towne's victory is bittersweet, considering how tough it is to maintain small space and keep the door open for publishers to do further business. Best Wishes To TCB! Towne Center shall adapt wherever they need to!


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Posted by bookworm
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Feb 17, 2011 at 11:57 am

Hasn't MainStreetDiva (should be DublinDiva) seen the movie "You've Got Mail"? Towne Center Books for the win!


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Posted by reasonable
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 17, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Very sad. I know it is a big chain, and I do love Towne Center Books, but thre are fewer and fewer places where you can browse and be inspired to buy a book (or three). Amazon is great if you know exactly what you want, but not if you want to discover something new; or compare different books of a similar type. Books are becoming more like cable and TV talk shows -- or even music (on ipods) -- no one looks at, listens to, or reads anything other than their own narrow, preselected preferences. This is not a way to bring society together. No wonder we have increasing "cultural divides" in this country.


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Posted by judy wheeler
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 17, 2011 at 2:51 pm

As the owner of Towne Center Books, I thought I'd "weigh in" on this topic. It's always a loss to a community when a bookstore closes. It's also a major loss to the publishers who will also cut back on jobs and expenses (including publications) to cover this loss. Undoubtedly credit terms will become tougher.
We're happy to be in business - thanks to our wonderful supportive customers. We'll continue to be here as long as enough people shop here. For those of you unfamiliar with our store here's a short introduction:
We're independentally owned. [Portion removed because it was too commercial in nature.]


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Posted by Local Girl
a resident of Laguna Vista
on Feb 17, 2011 at 3:49 pm

I love Towne Center Books. It's close and if they don't have what I'm looking for they can order it. If I'm not sure what I'm looking for they can make suggestions. They helped me get my daughter into reading and that was a huge accomplishment. I haven't gotten that kind of advice and help from a large bookstore or via on-line ordering. It's a great resource for our community and we should patronize them when we can.


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Posted by Michele
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 18, 2011 at 8:30 am

Sad that Borders is closing. I always liked that store. But there are plenty of other options - Towne Center Books, Barnes & Nobles... where ever one is inclined to go, especially depending on where you live. I live close to the Dublin border, but I love going downtown to the Farmer's Market and to walk around & shop. But once in a while, I don't necessarily feel like driving down there, so I'd go over to Dublin. I don't think bloggers on here should give someone such a hard time for wanting to frequent other stores in a neighboring town.


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Posted by Me Too
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 18, 2011 at 8:43 am

Another option is the library. They have books there too and its free!


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Posted by Claudette
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 18, 2011 at 9:15 am

There are lots of ways to look at it. B & N are closing stores too. I love our little local book store and the library is great too. That said I do love the modern large book stores with attached cafe areas as well. Each is unique and has something to offer. Democracy is all about the freedom of choice. If our choices are whittled down we become a captive group.

So many jobs will be lost and a source told me it's all about Cost of doing business in California. Not only is it difficult to Live in CA but doing business is too costly for many businesses, large and small ~ We need to keep businesses in this state to keep our communities thriving.


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Posted by Maja7
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Feb 18, 2011 at 10:29 am

Better spend those Christmas gift cards.


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Posted by BornAndRaised
a resident of Castlewood
on Feb 18, 2011 at 11:35 am

Say all you want about the big retail chains....but have a little compassion for those who know that in several weeks they will no longer have a job...a paycheck....rent or grocery money...

The employees at the Pleasanton Borders are like family to each other...and they are ALL are book lovers at heart. Try to remeber this before you brush aside the closing of any business.


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Posted by member
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 18, 2011 at 6:59 pm

as a current employee of pleasanton borders, we are all extremely upset that our store is closing. when we found out we were all in extreme shock and are still numb. we have no notification of anything that is going on and they already closed the cafe thursday. we are a very close knit group and are devistated that we will no longer to be able to work together, and there are multiple family members that work either in our store or the closer locations.


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Posted by Claudette
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 19, 2011 at 6:29 am

I find most companies are not very loyal to their employees. I've been through it before as well as my husband. They pat you on the back and say you're doing a great job, this and that and then the rug is pulled out from under you. No notice when they are going to close or when your job is being cut. Normally you get a Last Minute notice. Companies Require, Demand and Expect your loyalty but where is the Loyalty when it comes to the Employees ~ My heart goes out to you ~


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