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Editorial: We Need A Book Store In Great Neck!

I know, we have said this many times before, but we are saying it again! 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!


Once we had so many beautiful, enticing book stores in our shopping areas, both in the Plaza and in the Old Village. And, yes, we know that the big book store chains and Internet shopping have severely cut in to local shopping. But when we look around at other communities, we do see those wonderful old-fashioned book stores, book stores complete with delightful, caring shopkeepers who thoroughly enjoy each and every book they offer. They always time for a friendly chat, always have time to discuss an exciting new book, always have the time to help you choose just the right novel or new children’s book or maybe the very best source for some longed-for information. Now wouldn’t that be delightful!


Actually, we find the loss of all those neighborhood book stores  impossible to measure. There is nothing like a hometown shop, especially your own hometown “mom-and-pop” book store. We had them, we loved them, now they are gone! The time is now for a new book store in Great Neck. Everyone is ready!


Now is a perfect time to bring back a local book store. 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