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Bookstores around the globe have had to adjust their strategies in order to stay afloat during such uncertain times, and while it's been a sincere trial for everyone, some bookstores are rising from the ashes and growing into even stronger entities because of it. And this success is in large part due to loyal customers and generous support.
Just last week, the Strand’s owner Nancy Bass Wyden, posted an open letter on social media asking for help from the community and asking them to buy books since their sales were down 70% compared to last year.
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The letter was received with mixed opinions from people advocating for the stores and others blaming Waden for fiscal irresponsibility, buying Amazon stock, laying off workers after receiving a PPP loan of more than $1 million, and for not hiring black unionized workers. Despite the public’s perception of the owner, Nancy Wyden, book lovers were swift in their response after the letter was published.
Shortly after the release of this letter, people were lining up outside the two locations waiting to make purchases. By Saturday, they had received 10,000 online orders and by the end of the weekend they had received 25,000. The number of orders they would usually receive is 600. Their sales for those days are now their biggest sales for any October day ever. One story that stands out on this, is one costumer who purchased 197 books.
A union shop steward at the strand, Melissa Guzy, said “When people support the Strand, they aren’t just supporting Nancy, they’re supporting us, they’re supporting the workers.”
Despite the Strand’s effective call to action, many bookstores are still struggling to survive through the pandemic, so if you are purchasing any books soon, make sure to support your local independent bookstores!
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If you love books and love the Strand, please help it stay open. The pandemic has been hard on everyone, but it would be tragic to lose such an important part of history and a special place for book lovers, especially since it's been around since 1927.
The famous Strand Bookstore has been declared a landmark by New York City, despite the owners; objections.
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Located at 828 Broadway, at the corner of East 12th Street in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, the Strand Bookstore is two blocks south of Union Square. Opened in 1927 by Benjamin Bass as a small used bookstore on Fourth Avenue, the store was passed down to Fred, who passed it down to Nancy, the current owner.
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The Strand has been around for decades while the rest of New York’s “Book Row” on Broadway and East 12th Street has disappeared and occupies a stunning 55,000 square feet while also employing 238 people. With the company’s slogan reading “18 Miles Of Books”, has been the cream of the crop when it comes to bookstores or book merchandise.
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In fact, The New York Times wrote The Strand “the undisputed king of the city’s independent bookstores”.
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Given its importance, it’s no surprise that city officials decided to grant the store landmark status, but it wasn’t an award in the shop’s owners’ eyes. The New York Post quotes Nancy Bass-Wyden, the owner of the Strand, as saying back in December during a New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission that:
Landmarking our building will only make it that much harder for us to survive and pass our treasured family-owned business to [our] children, and hopefully to theirs.
Her reasoning is quite sound. When a building is given a landmark designation, the owners are then forced to use pricey historic materials when fixing and maintaining buildings, making it extremely difficult, expensive, and time consuming to pay for even the smallest of damages.
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Now New York has declared the Strand an historical landmark despite objections from the shop owners.
Here’s their official statement made via Twitter.
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