Last day for Barnes & Noble Encino

The bookstore and its adjoining Starbucks have been pretty popular hangout spots at Ventura and Hayvenhurst in Encino. The bookstore closes for good at 5 p.m., forced out by higher rents. It is being replaced by a CVS, one of several pharmacies close by. Some local residents have aimed protests at Encino Marketplace owner Rick Caruso, to no avail. The most popular story on Encino Patch right now is 8 Tenants I’d Rather See in Barnes & Noble’s Space.

Also in Encino: Tapia Brothers is losing customers at its Hayvenhurst stand and now sells through farmers markets too.

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