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Wakefield Books opens its doors

February 20, 2011

Photo by Kathleen McKiernan

WAKEFIELD–South County residents now once again have a place to buy books with the opening of Wakefield Books last Saturday.

Wakefield Mall owner Jeffrey Levy opened the local bookstore after Waldenbooks closed at the same location on Jan. 22 after 31 years of service at the mall. Borders Bookstore, the owner of the Waldenbooks chain of stores did not renew the bookstore’s lease after it expired, which had left local residents temporarily without a bookstore. Levy rehired all of the same staff from the previous Waldenbooks is continuing to work at the new Wakefield Books.

“We’re very fortunate and happy to all still be here,” Kim Knowlton, assistant store manager said. “It’s great. Having a job is everything in this economy.”

Currently, there are nine employees of Wakefield Books.

When the local bookstore reopened on Saturday, the staff said they received much interest from the community.

“It’s been a smooth transition. We had a great response from the community. A lot of customers came in to look at the store and check it out,” Knowlton said.

Store manager Bob Ryan said the store had a very busy weekend.
“We had a positive response from our customers. Everyone seems happy to have the bookstore back and we’re happy to be back,” Ryan said.

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