At least one chain mall store in Texas slated for closure has been spared as Lufkin‘s Waldenbooks will remain open rather than close in January as originally planned.
Meanwhile, Laredo is launching a campaign to lure a new store to this city of 230,000 after B. Dalton’s closes next month. Laredo Mayor Raul Salinas says, “I can assure you, it’s going to be welcome with a red carpet.” The city council “was expected to adopt a resolution Monday night proclaiming the importance of bringing another bookstore to the city.” Barnes & Noble says “it has identified a possible location for a BN in Laredo, but the space will not be available for at least 18 months.”
Another Nebraska bookstore, Confluence Books, Bistro and Business Center in Bellevue, will close at the end of year.
And speculation continues about the Boulder author cited in a Sunday NYT Book Review essay who stole his own book from the Boulder Book Store. Floor manager Scott Foley won’t reveal who it was but notes “his attempt to swipe his own tome has become an infamous story told during security training for new bookstore employees. ‘We have a series of video and camera shots we show them, and he happens to be on that list.”