City has Sports Authority’s plans for mall
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
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An architectural rendering of the exterior for Sports Authority alongside a photograph of the current exterior for Barnes and Noble.
An architectural rendering of the exterior for Sports Authority alongside a photograph of the current exterior for Barnes and Noble.
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Plans to refit the Barnes & Noble Booksellers store in the West Valley Mall as a Sports Authority location have been in the hands of city officials since Sept. 9.

Senior city planner Victoria Lombardo said Monday, Sept. 16, that a Denver-based design firm, Naos Design Group, submitted plans on behalf of Sports Authority to change signs and remodel the exterior at 3150 Naglee Road.

According to the Naos website, the firm has established a national presence as Sports Authority’s “leading architecture firm.” A Naos official, who identified himself only as Jordan, said Monday that employees are not allowed to discuss ongoing projects.

The plans submitted to the city are known as an “amendment to the final development plan” for the existing bookstore, Lombardo said.

“It’s the exterior aesthetics to make sure it meets all of our codes and architectural desires and landscaping,” Lombardo said.

One of the biggest exterior changes is the addition of a large loading dock on the side of the building adjacent to JCPenney.

Because the loading dock would require the removal of some landscaping, the city has requested that three trees be transplanted to a vacant lot behind HomeLife, on the opposite side of the mall, Lombardo said.

Proposed changes to the front of the store include adding a bench, two trash cans and a bicycle rack.

The design plans are expected to go before the planning commission Oct. 9 or 23, followed by review by the Tracy City Council during one of its regular meetings, Nov. 5 or 19. If the plans are approved by both boards, Sports Authority can submit construction plans, Lombardo said.

She said there was no time frame for when construction might begin.

The Tracy Press first learned about the expected departure of Barnes & Noble in August, after the newspaper acquired a copy of a mall leasing plan that was dated March 2013. The plan identified Sports Authority as the occupant of the bookstore space.

Mike Donaghy, the manager of the West Valley Mall, said Monday that he still could not comment on the subject.

•Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.

 
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TEB@Tracy
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September 24, 2013
To those of you who purchase your books via the internet... well good for you but the rest of us who want to keep people working like to go that extra mile and purchase our books at a store. I knew that the e-reader would be the death of the book and the bookstore. What most don't realize is that the book/publishing industry employees a lot of people. By purchasing your books via the internet you are helping people loose jobs! Jobs that are local/American will be gone. In reguards to Barnes and Noble leaving the West Valley Mall I go into that store 1-2 times a week, I often then go into the mall to browse. Without the Book Store I will not be going into the mall now except maybe around Christmas, sad but true.
OU81too
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September 24, 2013
@TEB- Did not mean to offend workers, libriarians, or people who shop there. I can see your point about jobs, but in my case I didn't start reading books online until after the other bookstore Borders went out of business. I used to go to the one at McCarthy Ranch in Sunnyvale and buy computer and gaming magazines that came with free CD's. After that I tried reading books online because it was offered free for a trial basis. I liked it so much that I went to my employer and asked if they could get this service for everyone. Now I could not justify the time spent looking for a book that might take a bookstore an entire week to deliver. My employer has come to expect that speed that is available with information at our fingertips. If I'm guilty, then I'm guilty, but bear in mind that I'm not the only one.

I suggest you go back to the mall one more time and tell their manager that you would like them to have more places where one might sit down and read a book. I would have wished for more areas for moms to sit down while their children are playing as well - while we're at it. I sometimes wished there were at least two or more play areas, in case we wanted to avoid colds/runny nose..
rriddle
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September 23, 2013
SO sad B & N are closing, TUSD already cut librarian's hours, so students get much less time with books and now B&N.. but it's OK cause Just what we need another Sports store - NOT! Very sad.
newtotracy
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September 21, 2013
criminal in my mind...a town of 85000 with NO bookstore? far worse than a town of 85000 with no swimming pool (as another article stated)...

terribly disappointed in this...it means that the money that I spend monthly at B&N will now be spent in Livermore at B&N...because there is NOWHERE else in this town to get imported magazines or great books...

speaks volumes to the direction intellect in this nation is going...
fortheunderdog
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September 21, 2013
It is terrible that Barnes&Noble are closing. It has to be something to do with the water in this city. Seems a lot of businesses are closing. It appears nothing stays in this city for very long, not the way businesses thrive in neighboring cities.
alecm9311
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September 22, 2013
Barnes & Noble's eventual closure doesn't really rest on Tracy's shoulders. B&N is having financial problems, and they'd rather close stores in numbers now than wait until it's too late. They had a good run though, more than a decade.
OU81too
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September 23, 2013
@Udog- I have to agree with Alecm, Neighboring cities actually make less business revenue than Tracy. Neighboring cities aren't doing anything more than Tracy to attract businesses. This bookstore isn't going city shopping to any neighboring city. They are closing stores - period. Just be glad Borders was not in our mall, or they would have closed their doors years ago. Besides, Amazon is building a bookstore in Tracy (actually their term is called a "fulfillment center"). That's how we buy books now. Movies too. My family has all our books, music, movies online in the "cloud". It doesn't make sense to keep junk and clutter sitting in the house, collecting dust. Used to buy DVD's at Blockbuster until I discovered NetFlix, Vudu, and Hulu. I have Safari online and read about how to use power point, excel and make websites on the side. All of this I can do from my laptop on the kitchen table. I used to go to Barnes for coffee to read the latest business books, but now, with rising fuel costs, I invested in a French press at my neighbors garage sale and I read everything online.
fortheunderdog
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September 24, 2013
Thank you for that information. I had no idea Barnes&Noble was having financial problems.
alecm9311
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September 20, 2013
I'd expect Barnes & Noble to close after Christmas, ala American Eagle and PacSun's closures last year.


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