PROSPECT-LEFFERTS GARDENS — A popular Fort Greene independent bookstore is planning to make the neighborhood its second home, the store announced late Monday.
The Greenlight Bookstore will set up a second location in 2,100 square feet of retail space “within the next year” at 626 Flatbush Ave., a 23-story mixed-use tower currently under construction near Fenimore Street, said co-owners Jessica Stockton Bagnulo and Rebecca Fitting in a press release.
The new shop will sell books for children and adults, host events for the community and house the store’s offsite sales business in a basement space, they said.
Greenlight is no stranger to the neighborhood. The store has been active in the community in recent months, hosting pop-up book sales at local street fairs and, most recently, at a kids toy shop on Flatbush Avenue and Westbury Court. Plus, Fitting herself is a Prospect-Lefferts Gardens resident.
“All over the country, we see independent bookstores thriving when they are located in active and engaged communities,” she said in the press release. “This neighborhood, which I call home, feels like the right fit.”
Greenlight has operated on Fulton Street and South Portland Avenue in Fort Greene since 2009, where the shop has seen “double-digit growth each year since its opening,” the pair said.
The development at 626 Flatbush Ave. will include 4,000 square feet of retail space in total on the ground floor with 3,000 square feet of additional “community” space on the second, according to developer Hudson Companies. Most of that space will be occupied by a second location for a longtime neighborhood preschool, the Maple Street School, according to an earlier report by Brownstoner.