Barnes & Noble in Pleasant Hill Gutted, Sign Comes Down

January 2, 2014 17:55 pm · 42 comments


There it is, the building that once housed Barnes & Noble on Contra Costa Blvd. in Pleasant Hill.

The store closed on Dec. 31 after losing their lease, and tonight, the sign came down.

A HomeGoods home furnishing store will move into the building within the next few months.

The Barnes & Noble in Walnut Creek will remain open, and the company has no plans to close the Walnut Creek store anytime in the near future.

Thanks to Lisa for the picture!


1 Atticus Thraxx January 2, 2014 at 6:04 PM


2 Ted K., SuperMax January 2, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Books… the historical method by which information and knowledge is preserved and disseminated to the masses.

Books… slowly dying a slow death which will eventually be killed off by the digital and electronic technology.

Technology is making society dumber and less able to think for themselves.

3 ChampagneKitty January 2, 2014 at 6:07 PM

That is sad; though I will admit I hadn’t been there in years. The last time I went there it was to buy a gift for a secret Santa exchange at work. I can get books for free from the library or buy them used.

4 Silva January 2, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Well there went the only other attraction besides the Lindsey Wildlife Museum in Pleasant Hill.

5 Barnes and Noble fan January 2, 2014 at 6:24 PM

I really hope the rumors of Barnes and Noble are true about them moving to the old Kmart building.

6 Julie Northrop January 2, 2014 at 6:30 PM

This is so sad. I worked there briefly in 2000-2001 and I really enjoyed it. I would take my son there to have a hot chocolate and buy books. I even liked their music section, especially when I worked there.

The last thing we need is another crappy HomeGoods store.

7 anon January 2, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Not a fan of Home Goods but then again I do not shop at TJ Maxx, Marshalls nor Ross. Nothing of interest to me.

8 Runner Girl January 2, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Too bad, my daughter and husband love that place.
Being that she is an English major from UCSB-
I agree Ted K!

9 PH Reader January 2, 2014 at 6:38 PM

An employee told me they are planning to open a new store in Martinez or Concord in about a year.

10 Anonymee January 2, 2014 at 6:40 PM

I talked with one of the employees on Tuesday. She told me that 1) this store was always profitable; 2) HomeGoods spent a lot of money to buy the lease; and 3) other cities have approached B&N about relocating. So perhaps all is not lost….

11 Ni January 2, 2014 at 6:48 PM

This is very sad. We were there before Christmas twice, buying books and gift cards the first time, and then back again to buy buy books for our youngest granddaughter who has Down Syndrome and loves books. I have a digital reader, I use it because I’m older and my eyes tire easily when reading books . . . I can adjust the type and size of print, and the brightness, and it enables me to read for longer periods of time . . . digital books save paper, and that’s wonderful, but we don’t need to stop making real books . . . we still must let children feel books and become attached to the whole experience. This Barnes and Noble was a nice store, with lots of space to explore and find a new book . . . yeah, we really need a new “home furnishings” store . . . I guess there aren’t enough of them with everybody running out of home furnishings . . . the last time I was at one, I though to myself, geez this place is so crowded, somebody should close some stores we really need and build some more home furnishing stores. NOT.

12 ClayDen January 2, 2014 at 7:02 PM

I’m awaiting the arrival of a book I ordered yesterday from Amazon.

13 Dorothy January 2, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Drats, another book store gone for good.

Yes, books are free from the library but if you like one you can’t keep it. Somehow used books just are not the same unless given by a friend who read and enjoyed it first.

14 Killjoy January 2, 2014 at 7:26 PM

I went into that B&N, I believe it was after the closing was announced.
I wanted to pick up a copy of “The Shining”.
They wanted $17 for a paperback. I checked Amazon from my phone, and it was $3 for the Kindle version.
Sorry B&N.

15 coffee at the library! January 2, 2014 at 7:31 PM

These giant bookstores (B n N, Borders) killed off the independents, and in turn got killed by Amazon. Sad, the only thing better than a bookstore is a huge bookstore with a cafe inside! …gets me to thinking… how about hooking a Starbucks/Peets on the side of public libraries? They could have a sliding partition for when the library is closed. Sounds sacrilegious I know, but think about it. It could bring traffic, revenue, and increased support for the library as an institution. Might even promote a more educated electorate and save the republic. ; ) If we can let a foreign corporation like BP hijack the programs of our research universities, it should be no problem to let an American corporation like Starbucks sling coffee at the library.

16 Atticus Thraxx January 2, 2014 at 8:00 PM

“Technology is making society dumber and less able to think for themselves.”
If the sum of collected knowledge is available just a few clicks away, no longer “hoarded” by the academic class to be meted out like so much gruel in a Dicken’s orphanage (for steep price), how is that making society dumber?
Anyway, the way I figure it, is you either master it or it masters you.

17 Dorothy January 2, 2014 at 8:21 PM

@15 – Pittsburg library was working on having a coffee shop. Don’t know if they did that or not.

18 barginorus January 2, 2014 at 8:30 PM

Hum so the quality of stores and places are going down. Does that mean the quality of people will follow? Just wondering.

19 Pro Fi January 2, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Doesn’t Lafayette have a cafe next to their library?

20 Mother Teresa January 2, 2014 at 9:27 PM

A very sad sign of our very sad times. Internet has stolen book stores identity. Creepy Home/golf stores that are not needed have taken away our intelligence.
We are just plain stupid. God save us!

Sorry to see you go dear friend Barnes and Noble

21 funny man January 2, 2014 at 9:33 PM

welcome to the 21st century… now just close down those useless spaces downtown and on clayton rd, put in some more 99cent/discount shops

22 Veronica January 2, 2014 at 9:38 PM

@Pro Fi
Yes they do.

23 Veronica January 2, 2014 at 9:42 PM

I usually go to the Lafayette library during book sales. I stop by for a cup of coffee afterwards.

24 J. January 2, 2014 at 10:32 PM

The Walnut Creek Library has an (empty) Cafe’ in it.

25 SanDee January 2, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Your right, exactly how I feel. While I still love the feel and smell of an actual book, I like that e-books are instant and cheaper. B&N was to expensive.

26 Amy January 2, 2014 at 10:41 PM

How sad. I shopped there before Christmas. I like to browse books before purchasing and i can’t do that on Amazon. I can’t see getting in to an e-book either. Also, B & N sold other products such as reading lights and journals. How can you pick out a gift for someone if you aren’t able to see it first? I will have to find another outlet that has great parking. Not Walnut Creek. I hope some other store fills the gap.

27 Subterfuge January 2, 2014 at 11:16 PM

I hope they open a B&N in Concord. Bbut as it stands now, just one more reason to spend my money in WC. They have a B&N.

28 Happy One January 3, 2014 at 1:51 AM

I’m sorry to see B & N close, but I have to admit I haven’t set foot in there in ages. I much prefer reading on my Kindle. Amazon has a much larger selection of books than any brick and mortar store. It’s easy to find books I’d like to read on Amazon’s website. The prices are generally lower for e-books, and books that are out of copyright can often be downloaded for free. If you pay attention you can pick up some real bargains. (I got the current bestseller “The Goldfinch” for $2.99. Yay!). It’s much more convenient to buy an e-book and have it download within seconds. Plus, I find reading on a Kindle is easier on my eyes.

The closing of physical bookstores doesn’t represent the dumbing down of America. Books are more accessible than ever. They’re just in a different format.

29 chalkboy8 January 3, 2014 at 7:33 AM

Now I have to go to WC to browse for books that I’m going to order on Amazon.

I hate the way Barnes hustles you to buy a Nook reader as soon as you walk in the door.

30 Dr. Bob January 3, 2014 at 8:04 AM

Home Goods? You mean recently imported from China goods.

31 Pied January 3, 2014 at 8:19 AM

I’m going to predict that the new store goes out of business by this time next year.

32 FirstW January 3, 2014 at 9:11 AM

My child and I have wonderful memories of going there to purchase children’s books and getting treats from the cafe. It was a nice place to bring the little ones and introduce them to the the joys of books and reading. It’s a shame that Pleasant Hill has lost Borders and now Barnes and Nobles.

33 Anon. January 3, 2014 at 10:41 AM

I think it is so funny that everyone on this thread is saying what a shame it is…but the reality is…an actual bookstore is going away. Sad to say. If it was THAT important to you, you all should have been in there instead of ordering from Amazon, etc. I mean come on! Bunch of complainers!

34 @Silva #4 January 3, 2014 at 11:00 AM

The Lindsay Wildlife Museum is in WC not PH.

35 tired of taxes January 3, 2014 at 11:57 AM

People complaining about a book store closing because of technology are probably also missing the days when operating a switchboard for a telephone company was an actual job opportunity.

36 Happy One January 3, 2014 at 12:54 PM

I’m looking forward to HomeGoods opening. It’s a good place to buy things such as towels and pots and pans. I bought a very nice lamp at the one in Moraga.

The Orinda Library has a cafe.

37 GT January 3, 2014 at 1:36 PM

@Anne Lavitz Yes, #34 is correct. The Wildlife Museum is in the Walnut Creek side of Geary Rd.

38 Mama P January 3, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Has anyone been to our public libraries? Books are FILTHY…like someone threw up on them……and such a limited selection…God only knows what you can catch from them….Me..I’d much rather hold my own book, physically turn the pages and, once finished, give it to a friend to enjoy or put it on the shelf to read again. Barnes and Nobles and Borders were AWESOME…..nothing like sitting with your “little”-paging through a book….

39 JR January 3, 2014 at 5:35 PM

large over-priced book stores like B&N helped to put the local small mom & pop book stores I used to enjoy out of business. so Im supposed to feel bad that they went out of business? if you ask me, they can still do some good by piling up any remaining inventory in a starbucks & setting it on fire.

40 Nutcreek Frontier January 4, 2014 at 7:36 AM

Agree with Mama P, hard to teach a little one to love books without an actual bookstore, not quite the same thing showing a tot books on the internet. Still missing Borders in PH, and now Barnes & Nobles…never thought I would see a world without bookstores, makes me very sad.

41 Anon #2 January 4, 2014 at 9:18 AM

Independent booksellers were priced out of the market by B&N, Costco, but does that mean we should cheer the closing of any bookstore? Forget for the moment that this is a “big box store”, they became a neighborhood store with things like Harry Potter parties when the new books would come out and kids of all ages would show up dressed as their favorite character. If its true that Home Goods out bid B&N on their lease renewal, and this store was making money then I suspect the outcome will be similar to when Rasputin moved out. And sure, I’ll buy books from Amazon, particularly business books. But I can’t sit cross legged on the floor with a pile of books beside me trying to figure out which one is coming home with me today.

42 CW January 6, 2014 at 5:35 PM

I hate going to the B&N in WC because the parking situation is atrocious. Why couldn’t the HomeGoods have moved into where the old K-Mart was?

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