Amazon Books preps another physical store; B&N to shutter one in Minnesota; a used bookstore goes on the market in Arizona; and more.
Amazon to Open Bricks-and-Clicks in Paramus, N.J.: The retailer posted news of another Amazon Books, which is “coming soon” to Garden State Plaza in Paramus, N.J. This follows Amazon’s confirmation late last week that it will open a store in Manhattan, two stores in Boston, and one in Chicago later this year.
B&N to Close at Nicollet Mall: On the heels of a down holiday report, where comp sales fell 9%, the nation’s number two bookseller announced that it will close its 25,000 sq. ft. two-story store in downtown Minneapolis this spring. B&N wanted a smaller footprint, closer to 14,000 to 16,000 sq. ft., which the mall couldn’t accommodate.
Greater Boston Writers Resist, Counter-Inaugural Demonstration: On Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, Harvard Book Store will join PEN New England, Beacon Press, and other groups concerned about free expression in sponsoring an afternoon of readings and performances at the Boston Public Library. The event is one of 50 that will be held on three continents five days before Donald Trump is sworn in as president.
SUV Crashes into Comic Bookstore in Huntsville, Ala.: On Friday a man who had a seizure turned DeePComics & Games into a drive-thru as his SUV crashed through the window and sped through the shop.
I Love Books Bookstore Turns 50: The Kingsport, Tenn., new, used, and rare bookstore is celebrating “all things Kingsport” during its fiftieth year and the centennial of the city.
Books By the Sea on Cape Cod Is Moving: The bookstore held a moving sale late last month and is now closed while it relocates from Osterville to the Bell Tower Mall in Centerville, where it will reopen February 1. Grand opening events are planned for Presidents Day weekend (February 18-20).
The Bookery for Sale: The ten-year-old used bookstore inside the Yuma Indoor Marketplace in Yuma, Ariz., went on the market over the weekend. The owner is retiring due to health issues and the loss of a business partner.
Wider Than the Sky Bookstore and Toy Store to Close: The 11-year-old Newport, Vt., store is closing. It posted an announcement on Facebook last week with a note that Diane Jameson is retiring.