Increasing Rents plus Decreasing Sales equals tough choice to close the doors on the Bronx’s only Large Bookstore. Barnes and Noble says Goodbye! We say stay!
I must admit, I am an avid book reader. My library is full of books gathered throughout the years. Long ago I learned that you are what you read. So I tend to read a lot. Books ranging from Personal Finance, Real Estate, Coding, Leadership and more.
I am also a Coffee Drinker and would often find myself enjoying a cup of Coffee while I read my latest purchase. Starbucks and Barnes and Noble became my favorite hangout.
I also found myself holding meetings at Barnes and Noble in Coop City. It was convenient. Plenty of free parking, quiet atmosphere and Coffee. Did I mention how much I enjoy coffee?
I also remember the times when Joel Osteen visited Barnes and Noble in Coop City. I was there and so were many other Bronxites.
That’s why I was caught off guard and confused when I heard the news that Barnes and Noble would be closing it’s doors with no plans to reopen. Considering the fact that they are the only major book store in the Bronx, it kind of feels as if the Bronx is being denied access to something that is supposed to be fundamental.
What about our Elected Officials?
Our local elected officials from our Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr, Councilman Jimmy Vacca, Councilman Andy King and others have all voiced their dissatisfaction at the fact that Barnes and Noble will be closing their doors. You can read the BP’s Press Release here http://bronxboropres.nyc.gov/press/releases/2016-11-03.html. Because of their efforts, the Mega Bookstore has decided to explore the possibility of reopening in a new location.
Note: it’s easy to blame our Elected Representatives for everything, but when it comes to private businesses and privately owned real estate, there isn’t much they can directly do except for voice their opinions and let those involved know they are watching. This has been done by our elected’s and for that, I am grateful.
Do people still read books?
Some people will argue that the actual purchasing of physical books has declined since Amazon Kindle and other platforms have been taking over market share. This is true and I must admit that besides having an extensive library of actual books, I also have a large library of ebooks.
The convenience of having a small device that can hold thousands of books is awesome. That being said, there is nothing quite like holding a book in your hands and flipping through the pages. I tend to have more focused reading when I have an actual book and tend not to get distracted as much. Reading on my Phablet or Tablet isn’t a good experience since it’s so easy to just abandon reading and jump on my email or take a phone call.
What can we do?
We can all take a moment and email or write a letter to the heads of Barnes and Noble and let them know that we want to have a Full Barnes and Noble in our borough. They should make the investment. https://help.barnesandnoble.com/
We can express our understanding that their decision is based on the bottom line. Rents go up while sales are going down equals the tough decision to close. But in my Book, Reading is Still Fundamental!