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Small South Station Bookstore Closes to Make Room for Starbucks

Small South Station Bookstore Closes to Make Room for Starbucks

The South Station branch of Barbara's Bestsellers shuttered abruptly to make room for a Starbucks kiosk, the Boston Business Journal reports, making us wonder what's more important: escapism or caffeine. Not shockingly, it comes down to money.

The BBJ reports says that Starbucks will pay about $500 per square foot. The bookstore was paying about $100 per square foot on an old lease. Last year, 20-year tenant Clarke's restaurant closed to make way for a two-story CVS. Refreshingly (alarmingly?), the bookshop owner doesn't seem to mind too much: "I don’t argue. This is a capitalist country and God bless it," he told BBJ.

And as it stands now, the train station hasn't gone totally corporate: The bookshop might end up leasing another, smaller space instead. Coffee and books! [BBJ]

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