by Grand Forks Herald
December 29, 2010 at 1:16 pm in Grand Forks Herald
Last brand-name bookstore, B. Dalton, to close Friday Continue Reading
Tags: b dalton, Columbia Mall, Grand Forks, north daktoa, store closing 7 Comments »
Follet is the UND bookstore even though its name isn’t on the front of the bookstore. If the writer of the article had done their research they would realize that even though there are fewer books than the old B&N it still has a better overall selection of books than Daltons or Waldens ever had IMHO. Just like B&N stores around the nation adding a large game section to their stores to survive, Follet has had to devote 1/2 of their store to UND clothing. If B&N had stayed they would have cut back on their books too, so in fact Follet has more to it than this article suggests. Now if the public would read bookstores could survive even in GF.
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Don’t worry, Grand Forks, I’m sure you can attract yet another fast food establishment to take it’s place. And…the public read?! While Dancing with the Stars, American Idol and Snooki are on TV
Don’t forget Grand Forks still has Ferguson Books and Media in the Menard’s strip mall. They are a great book store with a huge selection of new and used books, plus dvds.
I wonder what happened to Columbia Mall’s big plans to remodel the old Target store and add a Barnes & Noble. That was the plan a couple years ago… I hope they bring a store soon.
I’m sure plenty of people in Grand Forks read, just because the bookstores can’t make it here does not mean people aren’t reading. We read lots, but we order our books online or use the public library. Online, I can browse through a much broader range of titles and I can do it easier and faster than at a store, I have access to reviews by other readers along with suggestions to similar works or things I might like, and I get a better price. Remember the articles a while back saying that people in ND ranked towards the top of the states for using online shopping, I’m guessing that trend has a lot to do with physical bookstores going away in Grand Forks.
I cannot believe that a city the size of Grand Forks cannot support a Barnes and Noble bookstore. I am 90 miles from Fargo but still go there just to go to Barnes and Noble, look at their large book and magazine selection , have coffee and look through books I might wish to purchase. PLEASE, someone see if you can attract them to Grand Forks!!!
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