2015-05-20 / Front Page

The Final Chapter?

The Forest Hills Barnes & Noble at 70-00 Austin Street, which has been open for more than two decades, is set to close if the book chain and the landlord, Muss Development, can’t come to an agreement over its lease, which expires in January. 
Photo Michael PerlmanThe Forest Hills Barnes & Noble at 70-00 Austin Street, which has been open for more than two decades, is set to close if the book chain and the landlord, Muss Development, can’t come to an agreement over its lease, which expires in January. Photo Michael PerlmanThe final chapter of the Forest Hills Barnes & Noble may soon be written. Area residents, however, will not let it close without a fight.

The 70-00 Austin Street store, which has been open for more than two decades, is set to close if the book chain and the landlord, Muss Development, can’t come to an agreement over its lease, which expires in January.

An online petition has so far gathered 2,500 signatures.

So far the reason for closing the location is pretty much back and forth between Barnes & Noble and the landlord.

Representatives of the bookstore chain have stated that they will stay, but are only willing to pay rent that is close to their current rate, while Muss Development has stated that the store was given an option to extend its lease for five more years, but did not agree to the terms.

Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz is also planning to set up dialogue with the landlord to discuss the matter.

If the Forest Hills location closes, Queens will be left with only one Barnes & Noble store, in the Bay Terrace Shopping Center.

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