The Barnes & Noble Booksellers in the West Valley Mall may be closing up shop, according to a document acquired by the Tracy Press.
A mall lease plan dated March 2013 no longer lists Barnes & Noble as a business at the shopping center. Instead, sporting goods retailer The Sports Authority is listed in the 26,930-square-foot spot at 3200 Naglee Road.
West Valley Mall Manager Mike Donaghy said he had "no comment" when asked about the change in businesses
According to a mall source, who requested anonymity, the document is authentic.
The Barnes & Noble closing is reportedly going to take place at the conclusion of the store’s current lease, but employees of the bookstore and the mall refused to provide a date that will occur.
Allen McNamara, a spokesman for Barnes & Noble’s corporate communications and public affairs in New York City said on Monday, Aug. 19, that his company "did not have any comment at this time."
Corporate officials for Barnes & Noble recently renewed their business license with the city of Tracy, according to Tracy finance and administrative services official Rocki Chaparo.
She said the company’s license fees were paid on July 9, making the license valid until June 30, 2014.
Tracy resident Scott Mizuno said outside the store on Wednesday, Aug. 21, that the rumored closure "would be unfortunate for sure."
"I come in here to study and read magazines and books," he said. "I’m not sure where I’d go after it closed."
Shopping for her father, Lynda Kaye, of British Columbia, said she was a fan of bookstores and believed the closure might be linked to online purchases growing in popularity.
"I think the online situation, where you’re able to download anything, hurts retail," she said. "Things change, but there’s nothing like going into a bookstore and holding a book in your hand."
Calls to the Sports Authority corporate offices in Colorado seeking comment for the story were not returned.
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