Target and Costco Bring Books Back to Spanish Harlem

While many online are pondering the gentrification of Spanish Harlem and are worried for the mom and pop shops of the area, I spotted the benefits of both stores right away: Places to Buy Books!

Both Costco and Target have book sections, and while Costco does require a paid membership to shop, the new Target stocks a wide range of books in both English and Spanish for all readers. I was thrilled to spot these at both stores on a recent shopping trip. And, I might add that I have never seen as much foot traffic through El Barrio as was seen on the opening day of Target, even through a torrential downpour the crowds rivaled that of the South Street Seaport.

Target had promised to “tailor the store’s merchandise assortment to include a generous selection of multicultural offerings including Spanish language and Ebony greeting cards, Gospel and Latin music, Spanish language books and movies, religious candles and a large assortment of multicultural dolls,” and it seems that they did a good job. Now if only they would amend their political donations…

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