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New Coop Threat to Square

Dissent

By Susannah B. Tobin

Though we appreciate the Coop's efforts to renovate itself, we cannot support the sneaky invasion of a corporate behemoth, Barnes & Noble, under the guise of Coop ownership. One of the Square's greatest assets is its variety of small bookstores. We can't help but fear that the temptations of large volume discounts and cafe croissants will eventually lead to the demise of Harvard's more charming academic booksellers. Let's hope that instead students will continue to patronize theme bookstores in the Square, not a warehouse with shelves.

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