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Patch Question: With Borders Gone, What Would You Like To See Move In?

The Riverhead location of the bookstore giant closed for good this weekend. What store would you like to see fill the void?

Riverhead's Borders bookstore closed its doors for the last time this weekend, shuttering one of the only major bookstores in the area. The company had declared bankruptcy and despite a last bid effort to stay afloat, was sold to liquidators.

A sign inside the bookstore asked customers to contact Books-A-Million, a rival bookstore chain that had considered taking over Borders, and asking them to set up a store in town. Now that the Borders location is closed, what would you like to see move into the property?

eugene frohnhoefer September 20, 2011 at 12:19 PM
How about an Olive Garden Restaurant?
DOUBLE P September 20, 2011 at 12:49 PM
Trader Joes!!
aj September 20, 2011 at 01:22 PM
Trader Joes sounds really good and would be an asset to the community, but a Barnes and Noble would be good too... we have to go to Lake Grove to browse in a bookstore!
Christine September 20, 2011 at 01:47 PM
Another bookstore - maybe Barnes and Noble.
JayDee September 20, 2011 at 02:34 PM
A swap meet
Dawn Betke September 20, 2011 at 03:14 PM
I'm not sure what I would like to see but I can tell you what I don't want and that is Barnes and Noble. There are other bookstores, a 20 minute drive to Westhamptons the Open Book is fine by me. I would love to see a small independent book store open on Main Street though!
Ashley Wilbourn Pinciaro September 20, 2011 at 11:04 PM
What a great point, Dawn! There are many independent bookstores out there. The Open Book is the closest independent to Riverhead at this point. There is also the three BookHampton stores. The closest to Riverhead being in Southampton. I also love the idea of an independent opening downtown. That would be great!
liz September 21, 2011 at 12:41 PM
Whole Foods !
Anne Marie September 21, 2011 at 06:37 PM
Whole foods, Trader Joe's and an Olive Garden? Can't people cook for themselves anymore? Or is cooking not on the list of things to accomplish for the day? Get off it! Yep.. let's all go out and spend the cash we don't have.. to make everyone rich and ourselves poor. Great way to inspire the kids to have a desire to succeed..
DOUBLE P September 21, 2011 at 06:44 PM
@ ANNE MARIE Whole Foods adn Trader Joes are markets where you go and buy organic, natural food items, produce, milk, etc.....then you take those items home and actually COOK them yourself.....wow, you should have checked your facts, huh??
Christine September 21, 2011 at 07:33 PM
I'm with Double P, would love a Trader Joe's. It is so hard to find organic and clean food products (not sprinkled with unpronouncable chemicals). I cook @ least 6 of 7 days a week, but Trader Joe's @ Smithhaven Mall is just too far on crowded 347.
eugene frohnhoefer September 21, 2011 at 10:10 PM
Obviously, Anne Marie, doesn't believe in Capitolism and free enterprise. Many of us do have the cash to support ourselves, after many years of hard work and saving. We also enjoy the freedom to choose where we spend our cash and not where we are told.
Anne Marie September 21, 2011 at 10:32 PM
Alright... if I have offended anyones sensibilities.. I do apologize.. But, before this organic free range trend.. we ate and we were happy. Now all we can do is witch about "how many chemicals are in this.. or what quality of crap/fertilizer/manure was that grown in?"... What I was saying (and maneuvered off topic) was that... the restaurant business is booming as it is.. take a gander at Noah's in Greenport, Tweed's and Jerry's in Riverhead, Francesca's in Hampton Bays... if you have the means, go nuts.. however, wouldn't it be more prudent and perhaps more health conscious to cook it yourself? (Hint- Raw food sanitation: The concentration of sanitizer in the wash water must not exceed 2000 ppm hypochlorite. The produce must be rinsed with potable water following the chlorine treatment.)
Christine September 22, 2011 at 01:33 AM
Anne Marie- much of the food in ordinary grocery stores is not the same you used to buy. Agribusiness, additives, genetically modified and pesticide soaked fruits/veggies may last longer and grow faster- but they accumulating in our bodies and are causing our body chemistry into a tailspin. Trader joe's is a grocery- with very little prepared dishes. (ie a marinated Mahi had olive oil, lemon & pepper as the ONLY ingredients). I'd like some of the local farms to grow more organic too. Between absorbtion into the food, and that which washes into the soil and eventually the groundwater, it is a troubling thought. Cancer clusters in this area are frightening. I may not be able to avoid it totally, but I sure like to try.
Anne Marie September 22, 2011 at 03:51 AM
Ok.. so for argument's sake.. where was the mahi fished from? What are in the waters there? How was it processed at what plant with what kinds of safety measures? How was it shipped? Were the proper precautions taken? This could go on for a long time before the food system is regulated..
Anne Marie September 22, 2011 at 03:59 AM
In other words.. in the massive picture.. where does your food come from? How is it grown, taken from the land/sea/air, shipped, processed, transported to your store of choice, then to your table, etc... Where does it come from? How is it processed? Is it refrigerated properly in transport and holding(both commercially AND residentially)? Is it cooked to the proper temperature? Everyone has a responsibility to the safety of the food that they ingest.
nancy burrowes September 22, 2011 at 10:52 PM
Yes traders Joes. I just like the different selections they have. Don't care if it organic or not.

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