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Thursday, January 18 News

Gronbachs to sell or close Book Nook

NEW MILFORD — Former Mayor David Gronbach and his wife, Vanessa, announced this week that they could close their downtown business, the Bank Street Book Nook, next month.

The Gronbachs have owned the Book Nook for four years, purchasing it after hearing it would close without a buyer. Vanessa Gronbach said they hope to sell the business, but it will close Feb. 11 if a new owner is not found.

She said she could not keep the store open “as a hobby” while growing her law practice.

“There has been a bookstore downtown for decades and it serves an important role for readers of all ages,” she said in a news release. “We are hopeful that like us four years ago, someone will step forward and experience the amazing journey of being a bookstore owner.”

Soon after the couple bought the store, David Gronbach was elected mayor. He served one term before being defeated by Mayor Pete Bass this past November. In 2015, the Gronbachs moved the bookstore two storefronts down the street to its current, smaller location, 40 Bank St.

Vanessa Gronbach, in an interview Monday, said her husband’s election loss did not influence the decision to close. They don’t plan on leaving town, she said.

“The election has nothing to do with it,” she said.

The store hasn’t been profitable, and she can’t devote the time needed to keep it going, she said.

Before the Gronbachs purchased it, the store was owned by another couple, the Ryans, who owned it for seven years.

In 2014, Janet Olsen Ryan told The News-Times that she hoped a reader would approach her and buy the Book Nook, like she did in 2007.

Vanessa Gronbach, who bought the store after reading about it in The Spectrum, said she hopes another reader will once again step forward.

“I hope so. I really do,” she said. “ I don’t want to live in a town without a bookstore.”

blytton@hearstmediact.com; 203-731-3411; @bglytton

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