Barnes & Noble owns and operates the Bookstop on Shepherd in the historic Alabama Theater with its notable late-1930s Art Deco design. They are looking at abandoning the Bookstop for a new anchor megastore location in the River Oaks Shopping Center. If they do, the property owner, Weingarten Realty Investors, is unlikely to find an appropriate replacement tenant, and the property is highly likely to be demolished. The previous petition on this site directed its pressure at Weingarten, but Barnes & Noble is the one that needs to commit to preserving and expanding the existing Bookstop, which has so much more character than another cookie-cutter megastore. Reaching critical mass quickly with this petition is crucial: once B&N signs a new anchor agreement with Weingarten, they have no incentive to save the Bookstop
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George Williams, France5 years ago City, State: Savannah, GA
ZIP code: 31410
Kyle Abbott Smith, United States5 years ago City, State: Houston, TX
ZIP code: 77020
Comments: As something of an urbanist, preservationist, and advocate of adaptive re-use architectural philosophies, I support this effort to minimize cookie-cutter, big box, cultureless real estate development.
Alison Gilmore, United States5 years ago City, State: Houston, TX
ZIP code: 77009
Comments: Destroying the interior of this historical building would be a great loss to the history of Houston. Vintage theaters across the country are abandoned and knocked down all the time. We have the opportunity to keep a beautiful and functional city landmark around for generations to come. The bookstore occupying the theater shows that the currently facility can be re-purposed without destroying the history and unique beauty of the building. By gutting the theater you will loose the respect of the surrounding community and probably their business. Don't we have enough run-of-the-mill, sterile, modern shopping centers in this city?
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