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Is Your Local Barnes & Noble Going to Close Down?

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For starters, if your neighborhood Barnes & Noble store is the one at the Westside Pavilion, the short answer is: Yes. That said, the nation's hang-on big box book retailer could end up closing the doors on hundreds of the locations around the country over the next two years.

LA Biz Observed explains:

The chain isn't announcing any big cutbacks, but it has roughly 100 leases due to expire this year - plus another 129 in 2012 and 121 in 2013 - and the company wasn't about to hold onto all of them.

Though the big Borders bankruptcy may have sent brick-and-mortar bookstore shoppers B&N's way (the Borders customer loyalty "rewards" program was transferred to B&N, too), book retailers are feeling an increasing pinch from electronic readers, like the Kindle.

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Last year B&N shuttered their Encino and Calabasas locations, as well as stores in other states. It's entirely possible the B&N near you might end up being one of those destined for closure between now and 2013.