POSTSCRIPT: I've decided not to do this. Unlike downtown Bend where I can see with my own two eyes who's opening and closing, this seems too muddy. Too many variations -- movings, consolidatings, expandings, changings, etc. to be clear cut.
It seems like just about every week, a bookstore is closing, according to the website, Shelf Awareness.
Then again, just about every week, a bookstore is opening.
I'm very tempted to start up a list of Openings and Closings for Bookstores, since no one else seems to be doing it. Only this time, a national list.
Of course, I don't think Shelf Awareness is making any pretense about being a complete accounting; there are probably stores opening and closing under their radar. Still -- it might be revealing.
I'm going to go ahead and start the list, and then post it at the beginning of every month; starting with March, 2011 entries.
I'm leaving the above as a permanent introduction:
Heirloom Book Company, Charleston, SC, 3/4/11.
Emerson and Cook Book Company, Old Saybrook, Connecticut, 3/7/11. (38 years).
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