Maybe everyone else knew, but I was surprised by the Moving Sale sign at Page One when I went by Saturday. According to the cashier, the realty company that owns the strip mall is tearing down Page One and the adjoining space to make way for a Wal-Mart. Page One has to be out by the last of September.
Depressing on several levels, but before I sound too bookishly self-righteous, I'll admit that I don't make it by the store as often as I'd like--it's just too far. However, they have a form on their website at http://www.page1book.com/ you can use to vote for which of the five possible new locations you'd prefer. Also, if you go in and stock up on books, the staff, and volunteers, will have to haul fewer books to their new location.
Just what the world needs another stinking Walmart,I wonder if the people living in the surrounding neighborhoods that will have to deal with all the trash Wallyworld will bring in Know what there in for?If you need an example just visit the Walmart here in the International District and get a taste of whats to come.I prefer the Mountain Run idea please select that location Thanks
Wow John. Not everyone who shops at walmart is trash. Way to be dude.
And not everyone can afford to shop in the elitist Whole Foods or Trader Joe's.
John's post is quite elitist. However, in all fairness Trader Joe's prices are pretty good for much of their goods (especially produce). Whole Foods might as well be "Whole Paycheck" though.
Why does everyone assume I am an elitist just because I despise Walmart and the shit that seems to flow out of there every single moment of everyday . I shop there when I need to ,Hell you almost cant beat their prices anywhere.However they being Walmart and the slime that lives in the parking lots outside of them are community killers.There ought to be a law on the amount of these monuments of Chinese plastic selling Shitholes allowed in a community.They are ripping America apart But thats OK when your sitting in front of your flatscreen laughing at Honeybooboo eating your pigskins sipping on diet Mountain dew right?
Couple of observations.
- It’s very true that the city center does not have a viable indie bookstore option. It would be great to see a great indie downtown or even in midtown/uptown. IF Page One can really make money in those areas. It would not be cool to have a closed-down ex-bookstore empty storefront downtown if Page One cannot make actual dollars operating there.
- Any retailer that doesn’t have ample parking and visibility from a major arterial is going to have a tough time making a go of it, in this town. Unless businesses are in a very walkable or touristy area, it seems like people don’t go out of the way to seek out “hidden gems” in Albuquerque, unfortunately.
- I am not sure why most of the locations Page One is considering are within spitting distance of another indie, Alamosa Books. I don’t think Alamosa has had a super-easy time attracting customers in their location, so I am not sure why the folks at Page One think that is a viable/desirable option, to locate off Paseo and Wyoming? Unless it’s all about being close to the Flying Star, a la Bookworks? I hope this doesn’t come across the wrong way. But the high-income folks in that area don’t, um, strike me as being indie bookstore customers. I think they buy their books at Wal-Mart or Target. No offense. But I don’t think Page One is going to find seamless integration into that community, unless they feel like they already have a base there.
- Which leads me to my third point. I hope that Page One is doing some analysis and trying to make a data-driven decision about where to relocate, based on something other than whether or not they like their potential landlord. Hopefully, in 20 years of operation, they have accumulated some information about where their customer base lives, through looking at sales data or customer surveys, etc. if not, then they need to get all the DATA they can to help guide their relocation. It shouldn’t be based on anyone’s feelings, whether we’re talking about the feelings of the customers, community members who may or may not shop there, Steve, etc.
- For that reason, I would take suggestions from DCF with a huge grain of salt as most of the folks here seem to live in the Nob Hill/Downtown/North Valley areas and don’t seem to leave those areas much. Not slamming anyone, just observing.
I don't see how driving from one side of town to another occasionally is such a hardship. You never know the whole story, though...