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Bargain Bookstore Moves Into Borders Space

A manager expected Bargain Book Warehouse to open by early next week.

As Federal Realty and LA Fitness continue to present their case before the Lower Merion Zoning Hearing Board, another business has moved into the space the gym hopes to eventually occupy. Bargain Book Warehouse plans to open as soon as early next week in the Wynnewood Shopping Center's old Borders building, said co-manager Arturo Garcia.

The bargain bookstore, which will offer both new releases and older books, will eventually occupy both floors of the old Borders building. But for the moment, as Spirit Halloween finishes moving out, Bargain Books will open just the second floor, Garcia said.

The building has attracted several short-term tenants since the Borders chain closed last year: first a Halloween store, then a discount furniture outlet, then most recently, another Halloween store, Spirit Halloween.

Federal Realty, the owner of Wynnewood Shopping Center, could not immediately be reached for comment on Thursday to confirm the details of Bargain Book Warehouse's lease agreement.  Garcia said that while he isn't sure of the details of the agreement, the bookstore plans to remain in Wynnewood for at least six months.

Federal Realty is still in the process of pursuing the possibility of LA Fitness as a long-term tenant for the space. The continuation of a zoning hearing board meeting, originally scheduled for Thursday night, was postponed at the mutual request of Federal Realty and Wynnewood and Shortridge Civic Associations, according to Zoning Officer Michael Wylie.

The civic associations have objected to certain aspects of the gym's plans for the center, particularly the gym's request to operate a 24/7 facility if deemed financially beneficial. The associations have been in discussions with Federal Realty in the past several months, according to Shortridge Civic Association President Joan Hindin.

Bargain Books will be open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. It is located at 50 E Wynnewood Rd. in the Wynnewood Shopping Center.

Forward Thinking Resident November 12, 2012 at 08:21 PM
this is the kind of business people want and cry for in that shopping center when shooting down the LA fitness..now they should all go support this business and maybe they will be able to stay long term, unfortunately it's the year 2012 and technology has taken over the sale of books folks.
Douglas Davis November 18, 2012 at 12:57 PM
I stopped in the bookstore yesterday with my nine year old daughter. It's awesome!! They have *tons* of great books--all brand new, and at really discounted prices. It's SO nice to have a bookstore there again where my daughter and I can find books on things we love, and find new things to learn about, too!
Dana Carson November 21, 2012 at 04:27 PM
I hate to say this but that is not a true statement. There are millions of us that still WANT the feel of the book. I want my grandchildren to feel a book. I have been in the store 3 times already. Once by myself and the other two times with my grandchildren. They loved it.
Forward Thinking Resident November 26, 2012 at 09:24 PM
if there were so many people that wanted to buy books in book stores then borders would still be in business.
Mary-Fran Connelly December 29, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Border's went out of business for a variety of reasons having nothing to do with people NOT wanting to buy books. http://business.time.com/2011/07/19/5-reasons-borders-went-out-of-business-and-what-will-take-its-place/ The new bookstore is great. I go in every week, and find a bunch of books for myself, and gifts for whatever birthday or holiday is around the corner. I also buy from Thriftbooks.com. Yeah, I'm an addict. And this neighborhood is filled with my fellow book addicts.

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