Bookstore coming to Austin Landing

The Booksellers operates store in downtown Cincinnati

A bookstore called The Booksellers will open in the Austin Landing development next year, the center’s developer, RG Properties, announced Thursday.

This will be the second location for The Booksellers, which operates a store at 505 Vine St. on Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati. The Booksellers is owned by Neil Van Uum, co-founder of Joseph-Beth Booksellers.

“Dayton has a great history of supporting independent bookstores,” Van Uum said in a phone interview Thursday. “We were wanting to open a few more stores, so I started looking around in Dayton and northern Kentucky. I love what they’re doing at Austin Landing.”

The 12,000-square-foot store is projected to open in September 2015, according to RG Properties officials. It will feature a wide selection of books, stationery and gifts, with an emphasis on books for children and families, and will also include a café.

Van Uum said the past decade has been challenging for bricks-and-mortar bookstores, with the onset of electronic books and competition from book-selling sites such as Amazon. But the e-book craze appears to be leveling off, and readers are hungry for an alternative store with a more intimate atmosphere than the mega-bookstores of the past, he said.

Joseph-Beth Booksellers filed for bankruptcy in 2010, and now operates four bookstores, including one in Rookwood Pavilion in Cincinnati, under new ownership. Van Uum’s 6,500-square-foot downtown Cincinnati bookstore opened in July 2013. It includes a café with a creperie and coffee bar.

“There’s a different model coming, and there’s an opportunity in some markets to do a second-generation bookstore,’ Van Uum said.

The 142-acre Austin Landing development along Ohio 741 and Austin Boulevard blends retail, restaurants, offices and residential development.

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