CA Independent bookseller closes

Bay Books, one of the three independent bookstores in Pleasanton, has written its last chapter.
Richard Van Tassell, owner of Bay Books, is closing its Pleasanton store, located on the corner of Stoneridge and Gibraltar drives, because of meager sales. He said Friday was the last day, but it is possible the store will remain open Monday.

Books are on sale for 60 percent off. Van Tassell's other two stores in Concord and San Ramon, which are faring better, will remain open.

"Many bookstores are suffering now and have been for awhile because of online competition, he said. They are making life difficult for independent bookstores.

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