What's going on, Albuquerque?
I think a downsizing of page one is not the worst thing in the world. a lot of their current floor space is filled up with junk that's not books--the sort of useless crap you might buy as a last minute gift for someone, but certainly not stuff anyone needs. I also wonder about how robust their music sales are, as that seems to take up a pretty small corner of the store and I rarely see people browsing there (though I may just be there at the wrong time). hopefully they'll be able to successfully negotiate with their creditors and keep the operation afloat. it'd be a real shame to lose them.
this is a personal bias, but I'd be happy to see them relocate closer to the center of the city. I don't visit nearly as often as I might because it requires that I get in my car and drive across the city to montgomery and juan tabo. when I do go, it's to buy a specific book or trade in a stack I've been stockpiling, rather than just the casual browsing (and inevitable buying) that I assume helps keep bookstores afloat. maybe they could find a smaller space somewhere a bit south and west of where they are....
You'd think that the owners of the strip mall where PageOne exists would just cut them a better deal on rent - there's a lot of large holes in that mall, which is basically anchored by Baskin Robbins and Radio Shack. It's not like they are going to fill that space soon.
Anyway, I actually use them as a boutique shopping place more than a bookstore - they usually have inexpensive cards, jewelry and gifts that are interesting - and it's close by my house (gifts for the women in my life!) Maybe even the Unicef shop can find some space within PageOne.
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