I feel like someone’s punched me in the gut

Monday, January 19th, 2009 | You Call This News?

I heard on the radio this morning that Schwartz Books — my favorite store in the entire world — is closing at the end of March. The Downer Ave and Mequon stores will be sold to the employees. 82 years in business. Soon to be gone forever.

I’m completely crushed. There aren’t words to describe what those stores — especially the Downer location — mean to me. I realize I’ll still have the “new” store there to go to (and I’m fully confident the employees will keep the vibe I love so much), but dammit, this is depressing. This is a void no crappy chain store (Borders, I’m especially looking at you, but Barnes & Noble, you’re not much better) could ever fill.

I have to go off and sulk for awhile.

2 Comments to I feel like someone’s punched me in the gut


I can completely relate. The same thing has been happening in my industry for some time now. The independents are falling, while the sterile big box stores multiply like a fungus. Now you know why I wince whenever somebody says they went to Petco (or PSP, or PetSmart, etc.)


Too sad. This is really awful, worse than Heinemann’s, but I am very happy at least 2 of the stores will have a second chance. Kudos to the folks that stepped up to make that happen.

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