Written by Staff
So Irving no longer has a real bookstore because of e-Readers. The two bookstore chains that recently left Irving have dozens of thriving locations in area towns wealthier than Irving. So why is Irving so blessed to be bookstore free?
The truth is Irving's retail base has collapsed. The S&L collapse’s effect on the region started the decline thirty years ago and poor Irving Chamber of Commerce leadership furthered the problem in the years that followed. In recent years retailers increasingly refused to do business here because the population is no longer middle class. Currently, obstinate elements of the City Council refuse to finish developing the Convention Center area voters decided to build in 2007 or seemingly do anything with old Irving redevelopment or the former stadium site.
But don't run stories claiming Irving is 'too technologically advanced' to have bookstores. Next we'll be reading stories that Irving is 'blessed' to have to drive all over North Texas to buy high quality groceries, clothes, furniture, appliances, electronics, and even swimming pool cleaning supplies!