Posted by Really?, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood 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.
Posted by Claudette, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood 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?
Posted by D W, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood 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!
Posted by reasonable, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood 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.
Posted by judy wheeler, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, 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.]
Posted by Local Girl, a resident of the Laguna Vista neighborhood, 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.
Posted by Michele, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood 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.
Posted by Claudette, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood 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.
Posted by member, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, 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.
Posted by Claudette, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood 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 ~