The Book Exchange, downtown Port Clinton, is under new management. New owner Michael Fitzgerald — a long-time supporter and employee in the Port Clinton community — said he is excited and anxious for a fresh start for the store. He was previously involved as a partner in the business and has now taken over all responsibility of the store.
Weighing in on all options, Fitzgerald contemplated closing the store, but the outpour of support from the fellow downtown merchants and previous customers spoke volumes that they wanted the store to remain a piece of downtown Port Clinton.
“My primary focus is customer service,” Fitzgerald said. “I want everyone to feel comfortable in my store and I want them to have a good experience. I plan to bring back the readers’ groups and writers’ groups we once facilitated for the community.”
With technology playing such an increasing role in reading books, Fitgerald added: “I hope to not only grow the physical store but also online sales, which are available on our website and the e-reader market. “
The Book Exchange is located at 136 Madison St., Port Clinton. The new store phone number is 419-734-4590 and the store is open seven days a week: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For information, visit www.thebookexchange.net