Perhaps it was a sign of the times, but Crossroads Bellevue's newsstand, The Eastside Daily Planet, has closed down.
The owner of the newsstand decided that he couldn't continue running it because of health reasons, said Crossroads Bellevue property manager Susan Benton.
"We tried to find an owner for it," Benton said. "We're going to to miss him."
The newsstand and magazine shop between the Starbucks and the Cold Stone Creamery greeted Crossroads customers with its hundreds of newspapers and daily publications including Investors Business Daily, the New York Times and the Financial Times of London. It was common to see shoppers browsing magazines with their coffees, ice creams and other goodies they bought at the nearby food court.
However, sales of magazines and newspapers had been down lately, Benton said.
"There is no one interested in selling magazines," she said.
Crossroads Bellevue will use the space as a soft seating area, with leather seating.
"It'll be like entering our living room," she said.
Patch blogger Kim Estes submitted this photo of the stand being broken down on Thursday. And Bellevue Patch Facebook fans lamented the closure:
- Kim Martin Bannerman Oh no :( I bought at least 1 magazine there every time I've been to Crossroads mall (since moving here in March) .. this makes me sad
- Wade Brown This is a huge bummer. They had a great selection of magazines. I guess in hindsite, I should have purchased magazines instead of standing there and reading them while stuffing my face with ice cream.
How do you feel about the closure of The Daily Planet? Will you miss it?