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Old 11-07-2009, 01:45 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Good riddance. As a south-sider, it felt like we were thrown a bone with that bookstore and the powers that be felt that we would be appeased with it. Let's be honest...Waldenbooks (at least the one in South Park Mall) was a piece of crap compared to any Barnes & Nobles or Borders. I third the idea of putting a B&N on SE Military.
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Old 11-07-2009, 07:51 AM
 
Location: NE San Antonio
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I used to love WALDENBOOKS in the 80s! Sadly, "new" bookstores are on the way out and may never come back. Most of the people who used to support them now get new books online from ebaY, Amazon, Half.com or others. The large sellers that remain make most of their money from magazines, music/movies and coffeshops.
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Old 11-07-2009, 12:05 PM
 
Location: South Side
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Good riddance. As a south-sider, it felt like we were thrown a bone with that bookstore and the powers that be felt that we would be appeased with it. Let's be honest...Waldenbooks (at least the one in South Park Mall) was a piece of crap compared to any Barnes & Nobles or Borders. I third the idea of putting a B&N on SE Military.
Agreed. I dont think that was much of a "bookstore" to begin with. Most of the stuff was overpriced and it was so cramped in there. It just couldnt compete with the BN and Borders, even if it meant driving to the NSide just for the "ambiance." Plus they didnt even have a Starbucks?!?!
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Old 01-22-2010, 10:21 AM
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I heard it pointed out today that when that Waldenbooks store opened in South Park Mall, the South side did not yet have Wal-Mart, Target or Sam's Club. Those are all places there which offer plenty of books for sale. South Siders aren't being shut out of the opportunity to buy books close to home. They actually have more choices than they did when Waldenbooks opened.
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Old 01-22-2010, 10:41 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
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Overall, purchasing used books online and doing swap clubs or rental plans is a hard deal to beat with new books at a bricks and mortar store. In other words you can sometimes get 2 or 3 used books online for the price of a new one at a local store. Times are definitely changing, for the better and not so better.
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Old 01-22-2010, 11:12 AM
 
Location: SA/Pipe Creek
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I used to love WALDENBOOKS in the 80s! Sadly, "new" bookstores are on the way out and may never come back. Most of the people who used to support them now get new books online from ebaY, Amazon, Half.com or others. The large sellers that remain make most of their money from magazines, music/movies and coffeshops.
Yeah, they had a location at either North Star Mall or Central Park Mall back in the 80s, too. That was back in my high-school heydays and the place was cool because they had a plethora of magazines, to include Playboys right there on the shelf and the guy who worked Saturday mornings never cared if we underagers peeked.
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Old 01-22-2010, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX via San Antonio, TX
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I heard it pointed out today that when that Waldenbooks store opened in South Park Mall, the South side did not yet have Wal-Mart, Target or Sam's Club. Those are all places there which offer plenty of books for sale. South Siders aren't being shut out of the opportunity to buy books close to home. They actually have more choices than they did when Waldenbooks opened.
But if they need to get speciality books- say about creating businesses, test prep, gardening, learning a new language etc. - there is nowhere near as big of a selection at those locations. I regularly ran in to B&N to grab a test prep book (GRE, SAT, AP, etc). The southside had that small luxury (all though I'm not sure how good of a specialty selection they had) and now they don't.
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Old 01-22-2010, 11:51 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I just bought several used and new books from Amazon for .01 each (plus $3.99 S/H) No B&M can touch that.

-Steve
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Old 01-22-2010, 08:42 PM
 
Location: Just Inside Loop 410
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Default The only bookstore on the southside closing?

I just now heard about this. I can still remember seeing people complaining on the news that the southside had no bookstores, and now this.
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Old 01-23-2010, 10:31 AM
 
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Perhaps when the A&M campus really gets rolling, a Barnes and or a Borders might be attractive to the companies.

Near UTSA, there are 3 BNs and one Borders.
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