710 Bookstore Changes Location, Name

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By Fanna Haile-Selassie
By Brandon Merano

CARBONDALE -- A business that's long been a landmark in downtown Carbondale is getting a new location and a new name. The former 710 Bookstore is now just called 710. New owners opened their new doors Thursday just one block from the previous location.

"This movement is great. There's a lot of movement downtown right now. And 710 is moving from their former location to this new location, under new, local ownership," explains Carbondale Main Street Executive Director Meghan Cole.
 
Former 710 General Manager Randy Johnson entered into a partnership venture to take over the shop and reopen it. 
 
"710 has been part of the Carbondale business community for over 50 years. We just kept trying to find different scenarios where we could keep it going," explains Johnson.
 
The store has much of the same apparel as before, but not everything. The new space is only about a quarter the size of the old store, so the owners are expanding in other ways.
 
"Working with a company that allows us to carry stuff through online basis that wouldn't necessarily have to be physically in the store," says Johnson. "But it's really going to expand customer's access to stuff."
 
New plans for the former 710 building could mean more business for everyone in the downtown area. The city is in the final stages of a deal to redevelop the old building into a multi-use structure, housing new stores and apartments.
     
It's something Cole has been waiting to see.
 
"Carbondale Main Street is really excited about all the changes coming to downtown Carbondale. We're really excited to see a lot of plans that have been in the works for a long time, come to fruition."
 
Demolition of the old store is expected to happen next month. Crews could start work on the redevelopment project as early as July.
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