The three-story Barnes and Noble on the corner of Pico and Westwood Blvds. will be closing its doors around the end of the year reports Kevin Roderick at LAObserved. Sad news for those of us who've enjoyed reading with our kids in the children's section, flipping through magazines in the cafe, and having the ability to grab books at a convenient location with evening and weekend hours.
But perhaps what people loved about the store was actually not great for business. Too much perusing, not enough purchasing. As Mark Lacter points out in his LABiz Observed post: "People aren't buying much in bookstores anymore."
Roderick says H&M may be moving from its location inside the Westside Pavillion to take over the outside corner spot.
With the former Borders in Westwood being replaced by the just-opened Ross Dress for Less, it seems our latest discount fashion options may be coming at a steep price.
Will you travel out of the area to shop for books, or were you not buying them anymore anyway? We'd love to read your thoughts on the end of this chapter.
UPDATE 10/28: The folks at the Westside Pavillion are telling us that furniture retailer Urban Home will be moving in to the Barnes and Noble spot. H&M will stay where it is inside the mall.