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Barnes & Noble Westside Pavilion: R.I.P. *

barnes-noble-westside.jpgQuiet talk has been around for a few weeks, but now red clearance sale signs have gone up — 30 percent off on a lot of books — and store clerks acknowledged today that they have been given the word. The multi-story Barnes & Noble at Pico and Westwood boulevards will close around the end of the year. Word on the street is that the H&M store in Westside Pavilion will expand into the higher-profile corner location. There's no official confirmation from the mall or from Barnes & Noble.

I was told in the store that there will be a bigger final sale yet to come. The 30 percent sale that's on only covers selected merchandise. The tables and shelves remain well stocked.

When I mention the prospect of B&N closing to my fellow Westsiders, they verbally throw their hands up in front of their faces, as if blocking a blow. The store always seems busy with overflow from the multi-screen Landmark Theatres, it has three floors of space, windows onto the street, a cafe, easy parking by mall standards and bus connections to everywhere. What are you going to do. With its closure, I think the closest big general bookstores to Westwood and West Los Angeles are the Barnes and Nobles on 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica and at The Grove — ten miles apart — plus the Ackerman Union store at UCLA. That's it.

Already closed: The Beauty Company, across Pico from Barnes & Noble on the northwest corner.

* Update at LA Biz Observed: Why Barnes & Noble is quietly shutting some stores

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