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97 New Bookstores Opened in 2006

| Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Jan 18, 2007 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

According to newly released data from the American Booksellers Association (ABA), 97 new independent bookstores opened in 2006.

The 2006 openings followed the launch of nearly 90 bookstores in 2005.

“2005 was the first year in memory that there were a significant number of new store openings,” said Oren Teicher, the ABA’s Chief Operating Officer. “From the mid-1990s until then, you could count the number of new bookstores that opened each year on one hand.”

Teicher noted that the number of bookstore closures each year continues to exceed the number of new stores, but that the gap has closed considerably.

The locations of the new stores spanned 35 states and included a wide range of cities and small towns, from Los Angeles to Pierre, South Dakota, and Homer, Louisiana.

“The number of new stores — and the intelligence and professionalism of these new owners — clearly demonstrates that independent bookselling is very much alive and well in the 21st century,” said ABA CEO Avin Mark Domnitz.

Similar signs of hope for independent retailers are evident in other sectors. Since 2002, there has been a net increase in the number of independent pharmacies in the United States. Growing numbers of new independent hardware stores are also opening, according to the wholesale cooperatives Ace and Do It Best.

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About Stacy Mitchell

Stacy Mitchell is co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, and directs its Community-Scaled Economy Initiative, which produces research and analysis, and partners with a range of allies to design and implement policies that curb economic consolidation and strengthen community-rooted enterprise.  She is the author of Big-Box Swindle and also produces a popular monthly newsletter, the Hometown Advantage Bulletin.  Connect with her on twitter and catch her TEDx Talk: Why We Can’t Shop Our Way to a Better Economy. More

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