A Sad Day is Dawning in Laredo, Texas

December 17, 2009 § Leave a comment

On January 16, 2010 the B. Dalton Bookstore in Laredo, Texas will close.  This item would not be noteworthy if it weren’t for the fact that the B. Dalton Bookstore is the only bookstore in Laredo, Texas, and the closest city with a bookstore is San Antonio which is 150 miles away.  This is a city of almost a quarter of a million people and a high rate of illiteracy.

Not surprisingly, the residents of Laredo are upset.  An outing to the bookstore is entertainment, it’s an event, especially for kids.  According to the Associated Press article, “Schoolchildren even wrote letters to the parent company, Barnes & Noble, begging for the store to stay open.”

What’s incredibly frustrating is that it’s not an issue of money – the B. Dalton location is turning a profit – but simply a planned closure of one of 50 remaining B. Dalton stores owned by B&N.  The company has plans to open a new large-format Barnes & Noble location, but that is at least 18 months away, making January 17 one sad day in Laredo.

I can’t imagine life without a bookstore … can you?

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