PLAINVILLE — It seems like a natural. The author of books is opening a book store.
Jeff Kinney, the author of the Wimpy Kid children’s book series, said today he intends to have an independent book store and gift shop occupy the first floor of the commercial building he and his wife are constructing in downtown Plainville.
The three-story building is replacing the landmark Falk’s Market, which had to be torn down because it had fallen into disrepair.
The project has been underway for some time, but the Kinneys had not disclosed what they intended to do with the building until today.
“For the past three years, we’ve been learning all that we can about operating and owning a bookstore,” he said.
“We understand that it’s a very tough business and I have a tremendous amount of respect for anyone who makes it their career.”
The Kinney’s have been universally praised in Plainville for taking an eyesore that was an embarrassment to the town and replacing it with an attractive commercial building with a Colonial look.
They have said they want the new Falk’s Market to be a gathering place for the community and have set aside space in it for public meetings.
“When Julie and I bought the building we wanted to make sure it served to bring the community together,” Kinney said.
“An independent bookstore that sells gifts seemed like the perfect fit. With the function space we’ll have on the second floor, it’s our hope that we can create events for the community that are enriching and fun.”
Although rumors have been floating for months that the new building would house a bookstore, Kinney did not confirm it until he made a presentation at a conference in New York.
He provided more details to The Sun Chronicle this afternoon.
“We think that a bookstore will capture the spirit of what made Falk’s Market special and give people who live in Plainville and the surrounding towns a chance to come together,” he said.