Saturday, December 24, 2011
End of Astoria's only bookstore
From the Queens Gazette:
Astoria’s only independent bookstore is about to write its final chapter.
Seaburn Books will close its doors for the last time at the end of December, the victim of a rent hike, slumping sales and competition from online book merchants, owner Sam Chekwas said.
Chekwas said Seaburn Books opened on Broadway in Astoria 16 years ago and has been losing money for years. The store is located in a high rent area where a high sales volume is needed to make ends meet.
Many customers come to the store asking for digital books for their NOOKs and Kindles, and Seaburn just couldn’t compete.