Daniel Hirsch and Greg Harris, the owners of Southampton Books, have scooped up the last vacant storefront on Main Street and will open a new store called Sag Harbor Books on Memorial Day weekend.
The booksellers announced their plans on Instagram on May 3 and immediately racked up tons of social media responses. The new store at 7 Main Street will be Sag Harbor’s second Main Street bookstore, joining Canio’s Books further south.
“We’ve always loved Sag Harbor and its deep literary roots, and we’re so excited to be a part of it,” Mr. Hirsch said Friday.
He said customers can expect “new releases, rare and collectible books, everything Southampton Books has but a more expanded inventory.” The Sag Harbor space is bigger, he said, allowing for a large magazine selection and a reading area with comfortable chairs. There will be events such as readings and author visits.
Mr. Hirsch, who lives in East Hampton, and Mr. Harris, who lives in Sag Harbor, bought Southampton Books from Charlene Spektor, who operated it as BookHampton, about four-and-a-half years ago.
Tapping into a running theme in Sag Harbor, the new bookstore’s logo will feature a whale, of course.
And they’re also tapping into a larger trend: a resurgence of brick-and-mortar bookstores. NPR has reported that between 2009 and 2015, the number of independent bookstores in the United States grew by 35 percent even as many other retail sectors shrank.
“The independent bookstores that are going to thrive are based on location,” Mr. Hirsch said. “That’s why we’re so excited to be in Sag Harbor.”