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Editorial: How About A Book Store In Great Neck!

It’s time! We have waited long enough! It’s way past due! It’s time for a book store in Great Neck once again!

Over and over again, wherever we go, we hear the same cry: “Why can’t we have a book store in Great Neck?” Although quite a few book stores have come and gone on the peninsula, it is almost impossible to believe that, where once we supported several book stores, now there are none. Why?

There have been online changes in Great Neck over the years and many changes in the world. With on-line book stores and large, discount chains capturing the market, it has been difficult for book stores to survive and just about impossible for those very small, very wonderful “mom and pop” book stores to make it at all. We feel that the loss of those neighborhood book stores is impossible to measure.

It really is time for a new book store in Great Neck. Everyone is ready!

Now, there are empty stores here and there on the peninsula. A relatively small space could easily house a cozy book nook. A large space—-and there probably are not too many of them—-could accommodate a branch of a well-known chain. Think of the joy of finding a book store in your own community once more! Think of the business a book store could bring to town!

A book store in our busy Great Neck Plaza downtown could give a great boost to the other fine businesses. A book store in the Old Village could actually be a big step towards a real, much longed-for rejuvenation. A chain book store especially would bring customers from all over, customers who would not only shop for books, but who would stop in local restaurants and shop in local stores. New business for everyone!

We urge our community business organizations and our local landlords to seek out book stores. Let prospective book store owners know that there is a real need and a big welcome waiting for them in Great Neck!


- Wendy Karpel Kreitzman