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Editor's Corner (May)

By: Amy Reynolds

After a half-century of serving area readers, Horizon Books closed it's branch store in Petoskey. We want to thank the community of Petoskey and the excellent staff that devoted their efforts to customer service.

Horizon Books (est.1961) founder and owner Victor Herman cited downsizing as the main reason for closing the Petoskey location, as he looks forward to more leisure hours in retirement. Horizon also noted that declining sales were a factor, and that a commitment to long hours, customer service, value pricing and diversifying product were not enough to stabilize sales.

As a family owned business, we tend to live and breathe "bookstore". The sadness of closing a location is tempered by knowing we made a prudent decision that will enable us to focus on the success of the existing Traverse City and Cadillac stores. We recognize downtown Traverse City as a successful and growing community, but retail, everywhere, is battling online sales. We urge you to consider the vibrancy of your local community when making your shopping decisions.