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2018-11-07 / Local News

Old Editions Book Shop & Gallery holds opening ceremony in North Tonawanda

by NICK KONOTOPSKYJ Reporter


Old Editions Bookshop and Gallery owner Ronald Cozzi is shown with his wife, Mary Sue, during the grand opening of their new bookstore location at 954 Oliver St., North Tonawanda. Old Editions Bookshop and Gallery owner Ronald Cozzi is shown with his wife, Mary Sue, during the grand opening of their new bookstore location at 954 Oliver St., North Tonawanda. Old Editions Book Shop & Gallery has officially moved to its new location in North Tonawanda. That became official on Thursday when a special ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening celebration was held at the new location, 954 Oliver St., North Tonawanda.

Owner Ronald Cozzi talked about the relocation from his former space in the City of Buffalo.

“A few years ago, my wife [Mary Sue] suggested to me that we should look for a business location with a one-floor plan,” Cozzi said. “It took us two to three years, but we finally found this location, which suited our needs. After two years of remodeling and setting up, we are happy to be finally having our grand opening.”

Old Editions Book Shop & Gallery was started by Cozzi in 1976. It sells used and rare books, prints, artwork, first editions, signed books, historical documents, collectible magazines and other memorabilia. Cozzi said he has a vast collection of more than 500,000 items in his store.

“Old Editions Book Shop will be a wonderful addition to the Oliver Street corridor,” said Michael Zimmerman, executive director of Lumber City Development Corp. “This is a unique business that will draw book lovers from all over Western New York to Tonawanda.”

Cozzi opened his book store on Hertel Avenue in 1976. After moving several times within the City of Buffalo to accommodate his collection, Cozzi purchased a building on East Huron Street, where the business has been located since 1995.

According to Cozzi, as Old Editions has shifted its business model to increase its online presence, the space on East Huron Street could no longer accommodate the business’s needs. Cozzi purchased the former Platter’s Chocolates building at 954 Oliver St. in April 2017.

“Over the next four months, we will be transferring all of the remaining books and shelving from our former location in Buffalo, and we hope to be fully settled in by this coming March,” Cozzi said. “I would like to thank all of our customers from Western New York and beyond for their many years of loyal patronage. We hope they can all visit us here in North Tonawanda.”

Old Editions is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. To learn more, visit www.oldeditions.com or call 842-1734.

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