McNally Jackson to Open New Location in South Street Seaport
Howard Hughes Corporation has been investing in the development of the Seaport District in Lower Manhattan over the past couple of years, according to Chain Store Age. In October, they announced a new lease agreement with McNally Jackson, with plans to open shop in 2017.
“It should be opening in two years, give or take,” said a McNally Jackson employee working at the SoHo location. “It’ll be worth the wait, though.”
If it's anything near what the Soho location of McNally Jackson offers its customers, this employee will certainly be right. At its current location, there are hundreds of books for sale in nearly every genre. From Russian literature to contemporary novels, McNally Jackson is not lacking in literary variety. The shop also sells journals and stationary, as well as custom-printed books. Though it is unannounced whether or not the downtown location will offer this service, the Soho location has printed over 50,000 paperback books inside its own doors.
“This service is unique. The customers love it,” said the same employee. “We can print personalized messages in classic books. They make great gifts.”
Not only does McNally Jackson offer a variety of unique books, it also offers organic coffee and tea in its cafe, along with food from local sellers.
“We don’t know for sure, but I think the downtown store is supposed to be about the same as this one,” said the employee.
One thing that is for certain is that the cafe is one of the most beloved parts of the McNally Jackson bookshop.
“I come here a few times a week, just for a mocha. It’s the best part of my week,” said Becca, a regular McNally Jackson visitor from the Manhattan's financial district. “It will be so great once the other store opens. I’ll probably be there everyday.”