Good news, Upper West Siders: the Strand Book Store is making its uptown debut.
The storied literary establishment announced Tuesday that it will be expanding into the former location of Book Culture, which shuttered in January. The new book store addition is slated to open in March under the name the Strand at Columbus Avenue. Adding to the location’s bookish history, the Strand’s future home at 450 Columbus Avenue was also previously occupied by Endicott Booksellers before it closed in 1995, nearly 20 years before Book Culture took over the space in 2014.
“We are so excited to expand the Strand and engage the community of the Upper West Side,” said the Strand’s owner Nancy Bass Wyden on Twitter. “We aim to continue the legacy of my father, and his father before him, by bringing the joy of books to everyone.”
The move follows a series of shakeups in the bookselling industry. Last January, Westsider Rare and Used Books was saved by a GoFundMe campaign after the Upper West Side institution announced that it would be shutting its doors after 35 years in the community. Similarly, the Drama Book Shop faced permanent closure last year, only to be saved by Lin-Manuel Miranda and three co-workers from “Hamilton” who chipped in to buy the store after rising rent prices forced the beloved retailer out of its long-term location at West 40th Street. The theater district staple, which sold scripts and stage-related books, is currently under development and is planned to re-open at 266 West 39th St. in the upcoming months.
The year was also not without tumult for the Strand. In June, the retailer’s flagship store at 826 Broadway was designated as a landmark, following a contentious debate between the city and the book store. The 1902 building, designed by William H. Birkmire, was one of seven sites deemed historically or architecturally significant in the area South of Union Square.
The store’s March expansion marks the first time that the Strand has opened a satellite location since the 2008 closure of its Financial District store.