Last of the Dalton gang

Most of us will not mourn B. Dalton, Bookseller; the chain’s days have been numbered pretty much ever since Barnes & Noble bought it from Dayton Hudson/Target back in 1987, and for most of us, there were better alternatives nearby.

But suppose it was the only full-line bookstore in town?

It’s Laredo’s only bookstore and when it closes, book buyers will be left with making purchases at local retailers with much smaller selections.

“It’s unfortunate that B. Dalton’s has been around for years and to lose such a business like that it’s going to have a big impact on Laredo.”

Laredo has just under a quarter of a million people, most of whom have not signed an online petition to get B&N to open a store under its own name in the city.

Then again, Wikipedia claims that Mall del Norte will be getting a B&N and an Apple Store “soon.”

(Via Chris Lawrence, on the scene.)


  1. Chris Lawrence »

    6 November 2009 · 12:12 pm

    I could almost believe we could get an Apple Store (but it’s a stretch), but people from Monterrey don’t buy English-language books, so why would B&N or Borders come here?

  2. Brian J. »

    6 November 2009 · 2:49 pm

    “You can call me ‘Books.'”

  3. Steve Lackmeyer »

    6 November 2009 · 5:54 pm

    Looks like they are also losing their Outback Steakhouse. Tough week for this Texas town

  4. fillyjonk »

    6 November 2009 · 7:37 pm

    Personally, I always found the mall-incarnations of B. Dalton (and Waldenbooks) disappointing – small niches carved out and far too often given over to “gift items” or pat-the-bunny type books for kids.

    Of course, I now live in a town with a small used bookstore and the few shelves’ worth of space given to “general merchandise books” in my campus bookstore, so I might actually welcome one now.

    I suppose a lot of us have been spoiled by Amazon, or the big shiny glamourous Barnes and Nobles or Border’s Books (and how I wish we had one of either in my town…) (And yeah, I know: I’m evil because I don’t always buy from indie sellers…all I can say is, you get your “fixes: where you can.)

  5. miriam »

    7 November 2009 · 11:12 pm

    I like to order from Amazon, B& and between them they have everything in the world.

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