After a quarter century, Clark, NJ loses its Barnes & Noble


Can anyone tell the universe that they’ve messed up my childhood memories enough to at least put aside my young adult memories?

It was bad enough that those childhood touchstones (Terry Lou Zoo, Edison Tower Playland, Ted’s Pizza, Schatzman’s Toys, Soundarama, Bowcraft Amusement Park) were all washed away. Now they come after things from my 20s and 30s.

It has been announced that after 24 years, the Barnes & Noble in Clark, New Jersey is leaving.

It’s not that the store wasn’t doing well. It’s that the owner of the site would not renew the lease. With any luck, they’ll find a new place in Clark or at least near it.

It’s funny the report says it’s been 24 years because I could have sworn he’s been around longer. I used to visit this place in the 90’s. I even remember buying some books that we used on air here like “lateral thinking puzzle” books and books like “The Animal In You” by Roy Feinson and “The Baby Name Survey Book” by Bruce Lansky.

They had an amazing selection even for a Barnes & Noble. The coffee corner was great. For a few friends and I, this cafe was as close to a “Friends” Central Perk as it gets. Oh, and from their selection of games, I bought some that have become staples for our Friday night giveaway hours.

There are many other places in New Jersey. Nineteen more to be exact. It’s just that this was my location, right next to my hometown of Rahway, which I’ve been to often.

The Barnes & Noble in Clark at 1180 Raritan Road is due to close permanently on June 19. My birthday. Awesome. Thanks for that, universe. Would you just steal my kids while you’re at it?

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