There will be no more Books-a-Million after closing on Saturday. At least for a little while. They are closing due to lease problems, not anything to do with sales says the manager. They are looking for another location somewhere in Ocala to reopen. I honestly don't go over there much because I am much closer to Barnes N Noble. But I hate to see it go even if its' only for a short time. Will you miss it or do you prefer somewhere else ?

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I wish they would put Books-A-Million on the east side of town. I live in Belleview and end up driving all the way across town if I want to buy a book. The old Albertson's grocery store has been closed for years and it would make a good location for a book store. There is a lot of parking and a new store would boost the retail traffice for the other stores located in the shopping center.

I agree with Teresa.  It takes some of us "eastsiders" a half hour to get across town. Just not worth it. It's like Ocala is two separate towns.  I would also love to see it at the old Albertsons store.  It would be a great place with plenty of parking. 

When I first moved here in 1990, we had Sears  there, before it became Albertson's; we had music stores, Kash and Carrys and Joannes fabrics. Of course the grocery stores went out of business, but I hated losing Joannes and Sears to the West side of town.  I still refuse to step foot in Joanne's, lol.

You are bringing back great memories for me :) remember ben franklins crafts store where save a lot is now?? And the sears portrait studio below where dockside imports is now :) good memories from my childhood. But yes. I would love to see a good place go into the old albertsons. Would love an indoor play place for kids there too :) its a one stop shop with the pizza and ice cream place there :) plus the library is across the street.

When the mall went up, it seems that the city forgot about the east side of town. All the good fabric stores are on the west side, the only two book stores are on the west side, all the sporting good stores like Dicks, Sports Authority and Gander Mountain are on the west. They forgot that there are people in Silver Springs, Candler, Belleview, Silver Springs Shores, and Ocklawaha that need to drive all the way across town to shop. I use to visit Dockside Imports a lot but now it's a ghost town in that shopping center and I can't see driving from Belleview up there for just one item. We should contact Books-A-Million corporate and tell them to put the store in East Ocala.

I feel the same way honestly and I live on the West side of town. I do understand how far it is for you guys because living where we do it takes me almost the same amount of time to get where I want to go to Hobby Lobby etc. Anything downtown and it's definitely going to take a good 30 mins or more. It truly is like there are two separate cities and it is very spread out. I remember when we first moved here I couldn't get over how huge Ocala was and how spread out it seemed. I honestly went to Barnes and Nobles more because it is much closer to me than going all the way over there. Hopefully they will put it in a more central location when it makes it's return

Maybe there can be two. :)

Jen Ryan said:

I feel the same way honestly and I live on the West side of town. I do understand how far it is for you guys because living where we do it takes me almost the same amount of time to get where I want to go to Hobby Lobby etc. Anything downtown and it's definitely going to take a good 30 mins or more. It truly is like there are two separate cities and it is very spread out. I remember when we first moved here I couldn't get over how huge Ocala was and how spread out it seemed. I honestly went to Barnes and Nobles more because it is much closer to me than going all the way over there. Hopefully they will put it in a more central location when it makes it's return

I stopped in Dockside today.  Turns out they are closing and everything is 50% off.  It's picked through already, but there are still some items left. Just thought I'd share with anyone who is a fan of that store.

Theresa said:

When the mall went up, it seems that the city forgot about the east side of town. All the good fabric stores are on the west side, the only two book stores are on the west side, all the sporting good stores like Dicks, Sports Authority and Gander Mountain are on the west. They forgot that there are people in Silver Springs, Candler, Belleview, Silver Springs Shores, and Ocklawaha that need to drive all the way across town to shop. I use to visit Dockside Imports a lot but now it's a ghost town in that shopping center and I can't see driving from Belleview up there for just one item. We should contact Books-A-Million corporate and tell them to put the store in East Ocala.

That's for sure.  We have no craft stores left on this side of town now :( and a good bookstore would be great, too.  I hate having to go across town to get my crafts, especially around Christmas.  It's such a headache going in the traffic on that side of town.

Pat Carter said:

I agree with Teresa.  It takes some of us "eastsiders" a half hour to get across town. Just not worth it. It's like Ocala is two separate towns.  I would also love to see it at the old Albertsons store.  It would be a great place with plenty of parking. 

When I first moved here in 1990, we had Sears  there, before it became Albertson's; we had music stores, Kash and Carrys and Joannes fabrics. Of course the grocery stores went out of business, but I hated losing Joannes and Sears to the West side of town.  I still refuse to step foot in Joanne's, lol.

One more bites the dust -- sad

Pat Carter said:

I stopped in Dockside today.  Turns out they are closing and everything is 50% off.  It's picked through already, but there are still some items left. Just thought I'd share with anyone who is a fan of that store.

Theresa said:

When the mall went up, it seems that the city forgot about the east side of town. All the good fabric stores are on the west side, the only two book stores are on the west side, all the sporting good stores like Dicks, Sports Authority and Gander Mountain are on the west. They forgot that there are people in Silver Springs, Candler, Belleview, Silver Springs Shores, and Ocklawaha that need to drive all the way across town to shop. I use to visit Dockside Imports a lot but now it's a ghost town in that shopping center and I can't see driving from Belleview up there for just one item. We should contact Books-A-Million corporate and tell them to put the store in East Ocala.

Just read that Books-A-Million is going to have a going out of business sale and the store is closing in February. I am going to see what they have. I like having books, my daughter has an e-reader and that is fine if you don't share books. I like to share books.

oh wow! The first article said they weren't. Maybe we should head over there too....thanks for posting!

Theresa said:

Just read that Books-A-Million is going to have a going out of business sale and the store is closing in February. I am going to see what they have. I like having books, my daughter has an e-reader and that is fine if you don't share books. I like to share books.

I went to Books-A-Million today and it did not even look like they were moving or going out of business. The books on sale were limited, there were no signs on the doors stating they were moving or anything was really happening. I am just going to wait until I see signs indicating they are closing.

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