With the rise of book-selling giants like Borders and Barnes & Noble in the 1990s, followed by digitized selling popularized by Amazon in the new millennium, independently owned bookstores like Granada have become a rarity.
Santa Barbara’s downtown retail scene is trading its literary aspirations for bargain-priced fashion, signaling a possible new trend in State Street retail.
Off-price apparel stores Marshalls and H&M will replace book giants Borders and Barnes & Noble in downtown Santa Barbara, according to real estate insiders.
National book retailer Borders is closing its downtown Santa Barbara store amid a nationwide wave of store closings. Jason Roy, the general manager of the 900 State St. location, told the Business Times on Nov. 16 that the store would be closing in January. “It’s sad that this Borders is leaving State Street,” said Roy, Read More →