Though Queens is the biggest borough with the most profitable mall in the country, it boasts only five chain bookstores (one of which is the Borders in JFK) and one independent bookstore, forcing many residents to schlep into Manhattan any time they need a new book. "It's pretty extreme how few [bookstores] there are in Queens," Seaburn Books employee Ariadne Reza told the Daily News. Barnes & Noble spokesman David Deason cited tough times for expansion, but Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. has reportedly been reaching out to chains. There hasn't been a bookstore in the 150-storefront Queens Center Mall for 10 years, when good old Walden Books closed down.
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