Littleton's Village Book Store writes its final chapter
It would also be the last time.
Plenty of loyal readers would say that for decades, the landmark shop was the heart of Main Street. It had certainly been a primary North Country destination for locals and visitors throughout the region.
But a few weeks ago, when customers showed up one weekday morning, they were greeted by a brief written message from owner Jeff Wheeler thanking all for their loyalty over the years. The door was locked and the inside dark.
Huge Internet marketers, notably Amazon.com, recast the bookselling landscape. Even such once-thriving nationwide retail chains as Borders couldn’t survive that development.
At the same time, Littleton embarked on a major public works project that tore up Main Street’s sidewalks, creating piles of excavation debris that blocked access to businesses. It also eliminated Main Street parking on both sides for a long time, further interrupting local commerce.
He was only 2 and her daughter not yet born when the family started coming to the bookstore in 1977, she said.
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