New Austin Landing bookstore to employ up to 16Posted Friday, August 28, 2015
A new bookstore is close to opening at Austin Landing and will employ up to 16 people.
The Booksellers, which will be a book store taking up 12,000 square feet of space in the five-story office building under construction at Austin Landing, is looking to open the week after Labor Day, pending a few final permitting details. The independent book store will be owned by Neil Van Uum of Cincinnati.
"It's tighter, but it's still a bookstore," he said. "We put more thought when building this, with a keener eye on creating a community of book lovers. We attract book lovers and we want to give it that book lover feel."
The spot will be a different kind of tenant for Austin Landing. Van Uum said his staff, which has veterans of the book business, will make the spot a place where people want to spend time and read.
Van Uum has been in the book business for 32 years, he says, and while the book business is a challenging models with the advent of e-commerce. But independent book stores are doing well when they have an atmosphere people like.
The e-commerce world lets the bookstore remove the "long tail" of inventory bookstores have traditionally had and focus on better-selling books. It will also have a strong emphasis on parents and kids. The shop will have a cafe and coffee house with a wine bar and light menu to "create a place where someone can get away."
"There's a real desire to create a place where people can feel comfortable," Van Uum said. "We pay more attention to detail."
Austin Landing offers the community an unparalleled collection of restaurants and daily shopping needs. From daily grocery and home good needs to specialty gifts, Austin Landing has put together an exceptional mix of amenities to live, work or just visit Austin Landing. Combining daily shopping needs like grocery and home goods with quality local retail and service providers such as a hair salon and a nail spa with a wide variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner restaurants, perfect for any occasion, budget and appetite. Austin Landing is the “go to” hub for entertainment, shopping and eating in the Cin-Day corridor.