Closing the book on B. Dalton

  • Article by: JACKIE CROSBY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 5, 2010 - 9:19 PM

The last of the B. Daltons, which once numbered almost 800, close this month, including the first, at Southdale.

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wadepetJan. 5, 10 9:08 PM

My first job was at B Dalton (City Center) one of 5 downtown at the time.......I'll miss them

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EmperorZorakJan. 5, 10 9:16 PM

Bought many books from the B. Dalton in Northtown Mall way back when. Sad to see them go.

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david999Jan. 5, 10 9:18 PM

I spent many a time at the store buying science fiction books, ww2 history. Jonathan Livingston Seagull | I bought that book as a teenager probably about that time in the 70's. Came across it in a box a few years back...boy what tripe... ! : )

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sanguinicJan. 5, 10 9:34 PM

The New York Times every day at the IDS Crystal Court store, located on the skyway level in front of Woolworth's. The store was tiny, packed to the rafters and wonderful. If memory serves, the name came from Bruce Dayton, who changed the "Y" in Dayton to an "L."

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carraigmnJan. 5, 10 9:38 PM

Me, too. When I was a teenager, I used to ride my bike to Northtown to buy books at B. Dalton. Fond memories.

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hockey68Jan. 5, 10 9:47 PM

Getting wiped out by Borders and Barnes and Noble was inevitable. But it was a good place to run in and grab best sellers. Grabbed the last two Bobby Knight books at Southdale.

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pfbramJan. 5, 10 9:51 PM

Some of us came from suburbs of the city that shall not be named (St. Paul) and frequented the B. Dalton in the Maplewood Mall. But why the sentimentality? Everyone's just in it for a buck, corporations today are all traded globally, etc. Go to Amazon or www.addall.com and get the best deal you can.

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eviter33Jan. 5, 10 9:52 PM

.....as Border's and Barnes & Noble are far superior stores in all respects.

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grameebabsJan. 5, 10 9:55 PM

. . . worked at B. Dalton corporate and was there when Dayton Hudson sold "us" to Barnes & Noble. Felt kind of like a death in the family, and here we go again. Big boxes, getting bigger with every passing day. And just for the record? I miss Odegard's and Baxter's, too.

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halsanJan. 5, 1010:09 PM

None of the forenamed bookstores held a candle to Chicago-based Kroch's and Brentano's. A visit to their huge main store on Wabash Av. was a real treat.

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